An Alternative Review of Land Grabbing Propensities Across Africa: From Sir Cecil Rhodes' Zimbabwe to Lord Frederick Lugard's Federal Republic. By  Kombo Mason Braide, Ph.D.

[Port Harcourt, Nigeria]

(GAMJI)

First Lady Flora Lugard once contrasted the “higher types” found in the Northern provinces with the “cannibal pagans” of the South. To Her Excellency, Flora, the nearer a native’s natural habitat to the Atlantic Ocean, the worse the native type: i.e. diabolical witches and wizards, sorcerers, idol worshipers, fetish savages, nymphomaniacs, pirates, thieves and illicit gin drunkards. Details

 

Curing the World of HIV/AIDS. By Faruk Sarkinfada

(GAMJI)

Sujud's treatment is purely based on the verses of the Holy Quran, with which petroleum jelly, honey and water are treated and used for the medication. It would be of interest to note that to Muslims any verse of the Holy Quran could be utilizes as a remedy for any intended purpose. Details

MONDAY QUARTER-BACKING:  Assessing States and Universities in Nigeria-Beauty in the Eyes of the Beholder. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

(GAMJI WRITER)

As a teacher, I hear this kind of statement all the time from students:   “I got an A in Chemistry but the teacher gave me an F in English!”. I guess that is what some state governors and university vice-chancellors in Nigeria have been saying in recent days – except that the subject matter is quality of governance and education in their states and universities rather than in Chemistry and in English. Details

 

South Africa Ends Nigeria's Apartheid: The Political Economy of New York-Lagos Flight. By Emmanuel Ogebe

(GAMJI)

When President Obasanjo was offered a plane by Castro to fly him down for the G77 meeting in Havana two years ago, he could have turned to a functional Nigeria Airways instead. Rather the President and his delegation had to fly on British Airways and in the process lost some luggage. Fortunately Nigeria has no national secret for the taking. Details

 

St. Patrick’s Day and the Transformation of Nigeria. By Wole Akande

(GAMJI)

March 17th - St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by Irish peoples and those of Irish descent worldwide. It is a day when the very survival of the Irish nation itself is celebrated. Despite all the hue and cry about “brain drain” from Nigeria and other African countries, it is doubtful that any country has suffered as much large-scale mass emigration as Ireland has witnessed. Details

 

Bonnie And The Emperor's New ClothesBy Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo

(GAMJI)

Senator Jonathan Silas Zwingina may be AGIP (Any Government In Power), a local euphemism for an unprincipled public figure, but last Sallah he showed that he was not totally lost from the path of redemption. The occasion was used by Vice-president Atiku to initiate his reunion with his constituency in Yola. In attendance were all Adamawa State PDP juggernauts of course, their lackeys and foot soldiers. For Atiku and the rest, the period was meant for joyful banter and camaraderie. Details

 

Shades of Injustice Travails of Muslim Activists in Nigeria in the Hands of Successive Regimes. By  Dr. Shu'aibu Musa

(GAMJI)

For the sake of convenience, I will speak more extensively on the brutal crackdown of the Abacha era and only sporadically touch on one or the other periods as appropriate not because members of the Islamic Movement were better treated by other regimes, but of course because, Abacha was the late dictator, under whose reign the Islamic Movement in Nigeria waded through the sorrowful turbulence of unrefined terror, as we shall see shortly Details

 

Why I am against Igbo presidency in 2003. By  Chudi Okoye

(GAMJI)

No, my hesitation is not on the principle of Igbo political ascendancy.  It is whether it will be strategically beneficial for the Igbos to produce the president in 2003.  It may not even be possible, given the current constellation of forces in the political arena.  I mean, for one thing the incumbent head of state, Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, may well be a cog in the wheel of the Igbo project. Details

 

Muslim Intellectuals and the Sharia Debate in Nigeria. By Danladi Adamu Mohammed

(GAMJI)

The materially indigent Zamfara State in northern Nigeria bewildered the world when it decided to restore Shari'ah Criminal Code as interpreted by the Maliki School of Islamic Law. Many Muslim modernists thought this was unnecessary because they believe that the people of the state were too poor and they could be tempted to steal, fornicate or commit adultery because of poverty and the punishments proscribed for these offenses were too harsh. The modernists were shattered by the non-Muslims who were against the Sharia simply because it is Islamic law. Therefore these modernists went along with other Muslims and they wrote papers supporting the Sharia[i] but now that the dust has settled down their true colors are out. Details

 

Between BPE and The Legislators. By Victor Eboigbe

(GAMJI)

Mallam el-Rufai, I think was rather very restrained. If I were in his shoes I would not have appeared before such a Kangaroo court in the first place. The lawmakers cannot be the accusers and the judges. Where lies fairness there? Details

 

The Need for More Liberal Immigration Policies. By  Wole Akande

(GAMJI)

More than 50 immigrants believed to be mainly Nigerians, Sudanese and Turkish Kurds were feared drowned when their boat capsized in the heavy seas off the southern coast of Sicily on Thursday March 7th. The bodies of 12 victims, five of them women, had been recovered by the following night. Ever since that summer day in June 2000 when British customs officers discovered 58 Chinese corpses in a tomato truck, similar outrages have been chronicled almost daily. Details

 

Why Mugabe 'Won' Again. By Prof. Mike Ikhariale

(GAMJI)

Only an incurable fool would believe, hook line and sinker, that the BBC and other Western media that strenuously lampooned the recent electioneering processes in Zimbabwe did so out of legitimate concern. No one is deceived by the hypocrisies that abundantly characterized the disproportionate campaigns of calumny against the unquestionably irresponsible regime in Harare because none of those currently shedding crocodile’s tears over the turn of events in Zimbabwe meant well for the country or the concept of democracy altogether. Details

 

MNN'S Law Enforcement and Public Safety Agenda: Police Reform. By Movement for New Nigeria  (MNN)

[FAIRFIELD, CONNECTICUT]

(GAMJI)

Wherever crime, accident or calamity occurs, a public safety need as well, as a law enforcement need arises. Therefore, an efficient and effective public safety system presupposes the existence of an equally effective and efficient law enforcement system and vise versa. These proposals provide options for an integrated public safety and law enforcement systems in Nigeria. Details

Let’s Resolve to Get Involved. By  Stephen Lampe

(GAMJI)

From a variety of fronts, democracy is again under threat. Some people have ascribed some of the violent ethnic and religious conflicts to certain powerful individual enemies of democracy who wish to discredit the present civilian governments and pave the way to a military seizure of power. These are said to be “filthy rich” individuals; riches they stole from the public purse. That hypothesis may well be correct. Details

 

Nigerian Affairs. By Davies Olasupo

(GAMJI)

Each time someone breaks the country's laws and he/she is not punished, the leadership creates more enemies for itself. How do you expect the victims to feel or people who were previously punished for the same offense. The north is telling Obasanjo to release Major Mustapha and others. What is he to tell Mrs. Abiola's daughter or the Ibrus. I assure readers of this article, the pardon of Salisu Buhari is coming to haunt Nigeria in the near future. So also is the non prosecution of Okadigbo, Aluko and the others. Details

 

Is It Time for Europe to Loose Grip of Africa? By Pastor Daniel Enyeribe Michael

[CHINA]

(GAMJI)

The recent political intrusion of western powers in the internal affairs of the Zimbabwean people is hardly out of good will. Honestly it is disturbing to see the magnitude of propaganda materials lashed out on the person of President Mugabe of Zimbabwe by the 'all powerful' western media. Details

 

Diffusion of Innovation: The Fulani Response to Livestock Improvement. By Ismail Iro, Ph.D.

[FOUNDER GAMJI.COM]

[MARYLAND USA]

(GAMJI)

In the beginning, the breweries and the ginneries gave out their refuse free to animal-rearers. The industries even paid dearly to get rid of the wet, bulky, brewery dross. When livestock keepers found the use of these garbage, and the demand for them grew, the brewers and distillers started charging husbanders for these by-product. Industries started charging the very people they used to pay to remove the end-product. Details

 

How Obafemi Awolowo Became the Leader of the Yoruba and the Lesson for Today. By Ibiyinka Solarin

(GAMJI)

Before August 12, 1966, the only universally-acclaimed Leader of the Yoruba was Oduduwa, their venerated progenitor. . No Alafin or Ooni commanded universal acceptance; the Yoruba were engaged in ruinous self-destructive wars, [the Ijesas, Ibadan, Ijebu, Oyo], pitting brother against brother, leading to betrayal and loss of territory [like in Ilorin], even during the slave trade until the British colonialists came.  Details

 

The Politics of National Identity Card: A Response to Richie Ejiofor. By Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa

(GAMJI)

The article titled: 'National Identity Card Scheme Palaver: For their Today we Give Up Our Tomorrow (sic)' by Ritchie Ejiofor is very interesting especially the attempt to re-write history. This response is also timely because President Obasanjo has renewed his infamous attempt to smuggle the identity card into the electoral law, this must be constitutionally resisted by all those who believe in democracy. Details

 

The Unconcerned Professionals. By Sam Abbd Israel

(GAMJI)

It is sad to say, but it must be mentioned, that most of us are practically empty intellectually and spiritually. Let us wage war on self-deceit and ignorance. A good number of us virtually bought the certificate on which the good life they are enjoying now depends. This intellectual deceit, fraud, pretences, and shamelessness are the weapons pounced upon by our blackmailers (‘whitemailers’?). Details

 

Afrocentric Chauvinism and the Glorification of Geriatric Politics. By Kòmbò M. Braide, Ph.D.

[Port Harcourt, Nigeria]

(GAMJI)

But despite all the sacrifices that Nigeria made, Zimbabwe has consistently shown complete contempt for Nigeria. Time after time, state-owned media in Zimbabwe blatantly propagate anti-Nigeria news, views and commentaries. Furthermore, the government of Zimbabwe seems not to place any value or relevance to Nigeria's pivotal role in ensuring the success of its war of independence. Details

 

Farouk for President [Interview]. By Orok Edem

[FICTION]

(GAMJI)

Dear ladies and gentlemen of the press. We have gathered here today to formally launch my campaign for the presidency of Nigeria. I know some of you are wondering, why here. My answer to that is, if not here, where else would I be safe. You have heard of what happened to IBB’s launching in Port Harcourt. Have you seen any armed policemen around? Details

 

Obasanjo Has Failed. By Abubakar Jika

(GAMJI WRITER)

Actually it is no longer novel to hear or read, virtually daily the national disappointment on President Obasanjo’s dismal performance. I have consistently argued President Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo has this time around, during his Second Coming, performed below our expectations. Since the honourable Members of the National Assembly have joined us on the streets, it is now Official feelings that the gentleman from Owu has led most of us down. Details

 

The Ominous Nigerian Health Care System: Is there a Hope for Solution? By Debo Awosika-Olumo, MD MS

(GAMJI)

The second step will be to convene a “Sovereign National Health Conference” to discuss and design a national health policy for the adequacies and economic optimization of the macro-allocation of the health care funding . Details

 

Kashim Imam and Divinity. By Babayola Muhammadu Toungo

[KADUNA]

(GAMJI)

Obasanjo has been telling whosoever cares to listen that he is waiting for divine revelation on his plans for 2003; irrespective of whatever the proponents of “the no vacancy” syndrome may think or say.  But it appears most of the President’s lieutenants are turning out to be seers or plain sycophants.  Or the President might have received the awaited divine command and is shy to let us poor voters into his secret but rather choose to do so through his army of hangars on. Details

Kashim Imam's "Arewa Can't Stop Obasanjo". By Yusuf Maitama Tuggar

[KANO]

(GAMJI)

In summation, one is left with no alternative than to conclude that Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim Imam’s outburst against the ACF is emblematic of a Nigerian in power trying to save his job by defending his boss without any recourse to objectivity. Thus far the ACF as an entity has been forwarding what would be considered constructive criticism towards the Obasanjo administration. But let us not be too hard on Alhaji Imam- perhaps even that is not tolerated by his employer and he has no choice but to toe the official line. Details

 

SUJUD: Redefining the Battle Against AIDS. By Abubakar Jika

(GAMJI WRITER)

According to legends, which was confirmed by Mallam Auwal Haruna, Chairman Board of Trustees of the Foundation, the history of their therapy began in 1997.  Two good friends, based on the Islamic declaration, that there is no disease without cure organized a group of Islamic Scholars to research for an effective cure against the feared AIDS. After about one year, their strenuous efforts bore fruits as they got the curative combination for AIDS. Details

 

Democracy in Nigeria: So Far How Far. By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER)

Democrats were known to have attempted to overthrow the Balewa Government so early in its life. Late Sam Ikoku, who participated very actively in the attempt, once confirmed when its mastermind, Chief Awolowo, was still around that the attempt was actually true. Thus democrats were the first set of people in Nigeria to go all out for the capture of power through the front door of unconstitutionalism by way of an attempted civilian coup. Details

 

Babangida Salesman and Fallacies: A Response to Mr. Tunji Bello's Article. By Musa Babayo, (Ph.D.)

(GAMJI)

I am not a salesman of Babangida's government because he had the best brains ever assembled in a federal cabinet in the political history of the nation. If you do not agree with this assertion, you may wish to verify from Professor Jerry Gana, whom I believe has tremendous intellectual honesty to answer in the affirmative. Who knows, he may be the next minister of information in IBB's next coming. Details

 

The Little World of Nigerian Writers: An Open Letter to Nigerian Writers. By Sam Abbd Israel

(GAMJI)

Dear Nigerian Writers, the hope of Nigeria nations depends on your ability to be impartial, to be truthful, to be courageous, and to be honest at all times regardless of circumstances. Not when money speaks, or when position beckons, or when fame visits. If writers cannot heal themselves of the human vices that bedevilled all mortal persons, what moral right have they got to sermonise to the hapless world on sentimental idealisms. Details

 

Obasanjo and 2003. By Abubakar Jika

(GAMJI WRITER)

A look at all the indices of performance shows a clear, sad failure. What are my unimpeachable proves that Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo has failed as president? One security of lives and property. This is the primary responsibility of any government. How safe is your life now compared to before Obasanjo? We all have the answers. Armed robbery and riots are in comparative terms more now than say Abacha days. Details

 

Socio-Cultural Organizations' Powermongers: Guity As Charged. By Odindu Odunze Ph.D.

[UTAH, USA]

(GAMJI)

Immediately after the Idi-Araba killings, a Yoruba leader proudly told the world that OPC has membership of over four million vigilantes, making it impossible to determine who did what in that ugly episode. My point is that no true nationalist keeps a private ethnic army of that magnitude and at the same time condemns actions of others, which undermine national interest. Details

 

Ndiigbo Generation 1960-1970 Umuahia Eastern, Northern Meeting; The Stand of "Ndiigbo Generation 1969-1970"

[PRESS RELEASE]

(GAMJI)

We do not in anyway feel less of who we are. We are unashamedly, BIAFRANS! We have no reason to believe otherwise having been born in Biafra and been victims of genocide, hunger and blockade, war, quota and a continuing incessant slaughter as though we are nomadic cows and the destruction of our hard earned investments in that failed State called Nigeria. Details

 

Arise o Progressives! By  Mohammed Wailare

(GAMJI)

The future is indeed bleak for Nigeria's development if up to this point in time, Nigerians because of the ethnic or religious goggles that we wear, we cannot differentiate between politicians who are coming to capture power to satisfy their personal lusts and those who are out to improve the welfare of the masses. Details

 

Democracy, Divine Appointments, and LeadershipBy Stephen Lampe

(GAMJI)

Leaders in this right sense were “divinely appointed” for groups of human beings at critical points in their development on earth. Such individuals were spiritually prepared for service; it is the spiritual preparation and the endowment of the ability to provide God-willed leadership that constitutes “divine appointment”. Details

 

Dear Late Gen Sani Abacha. By Babs Omotowa

(GAMJI)

Over the past year, one of your former Ministers, Alhaji Wada Nas has written you several letters on the state of our nation. When you were alive, several of the people around you (e.g. Al-Mustapha, etc) did not allow the common man access to you. In order not to continue the trend, we will try to get the common man's view across to you. Details

 

Debunking the Northern Myth of the So-called Belief in Violence by the Yorubas and the Supremacy of Ethnicity as Factors in Nigerian Politics. By Omoba Oladele Osinug

(GAMJI)

Aliyu Tilde’s unjustified attacks on two great Yoruba icons are baseless, without foundation and malicious falsehood. An attack on Yoruba legends is not only a direct attack on the entire Yoruba people but also a denial of the main issue in Nigerian Politics spanning over six decades. Tilde’s accusation that Chief Obafemi Awolowo was a tribalist and indeed the very nature of Yoruba contains not an iota of truth. Details

 

Nigeria Is A Dying Country: Salvation Is Of The Igbo. By Obi Chukwuemeka Uzoh

(GAMJI)

Igbo leaders such as Orji Uzoh Kalu or Alex Ekwueme should be giving a chance at the presidency. There is an Igbo saying quote" When a child is crying, and pointing his-her fingers, if his-her mother is not there, his-her father is there" unquote. Dr Ekwueme has been in Nigerian national politics for a while. His record as the former vice president during the Shagari administration showed him as a unifying factor not an ethnic chauvinist. Details

 

Uwazurike, Ojukwu and the Biafran House. By Tochukwu Ezukanma

(GAMJI)

The past 30 years must have shown the Igbo that political passivity is futile. It only erodes your political relevance, leaving you in a lurch, where "your friends take you for granted and your enemies despise you." The Igbo have been sniveling, whimpering and whining over "marginalization", as though power is ever gotten on a silver platter. Details

 

An Open Letter to Nigerians in the Diaspora III: What is the Truth? By Sam Abbd Israel

(GAMJI)

It is a shame that most of us even after several years abroad have failed to realise that all that glitter in the western world are not gold. Since we have failed to look beyond the superficial glitters of the institutions of our host countries we have not been able to see the debilitating relationships between our host country and Nigeria. Details

 

A gathering of British puppets. By Benjamin U Nwosu, MD

(GAMJI)

Somewhere in Australia, the annual meeting of the Commonwealth of former British colonies is holding. This charade; an undemocratic contraption to glorify the British monarchy, hastily put together on the eve of Indian independence, to keep emerging independent colonies in tow, has stumbled and fumbled ceaselessly over the years. Details

 

SUNDAY MUSINGS: Of Salaries, Pension and Unemployment in Nigeria. By  Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

[MARYLAND, USA]

(GAMJI WRITER)

From all available indications, Nigerian federal state, and local government workers and legislators, all comprising a mere 2% of the Nigerian population,  are now doing very well salary-on-paper-wise, thank you,  with some salaries doubling or even tripling over the past two years. Details

 

Kwankwaso and the Media Award. By Muhammad Yusuf S/Dinki

[KANO]

(GAMJI)

Kwankwaso was among some of the governors who were honored by the team of journalists led by Professor Jerry Gana, Honorable Federal Minister of Information and one of the most flexible propagandists in Nigeria’s history. Former President Ibrahim Babangida in search of a competent hand who will manage his deception by projecting it as patriotism spotted the former ABU professor of geography. Gana performed very well and another brutal military dictator General Sani Abacha later hired him. Gana is now serving the most incompetent government in Nigeria’s history in the name of patriotism. Details

 

What Have We Not Said to Them? By Odindu Odunze Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

It is our right to critique and lambaste those who lead us but misguided freedom is the germ for decadence. It seems to me that the general psychic of our communal mind is the immunity by years of military brutality that we have come to hate our freedom. Details

 

Wada Nas: Why It’s Hard to Take Him Seriously. By  Sam C. Okudah

(GAMJI)

How in the world could Wada Nas expect anyone to take him seriously when he says that Obasanjo allowed nepotism to creep into the art of governance? Nepotism was introduced and perfected by Wada Nas and his people. Even though they have never given a damn about what the rest of the country might think about it, it was even easier for the northern Muslim establishment to institutionalize nepotism. Details

 

Appeal to President Obasanjo and MPS. By Wada Nas

(WEEKLY TRUST)

What we desire in our country today is not bitterness, rancour and hard-line positions but understanding, friendship, reconciliation and forgiveness. These virtues should be our goal. Painfully, there is more bitterness than friendship, rancour than peace, hard-line than reconciliation, vengeance than forgiveness. Details

 

The "GHOST" Enemies of Our Democracy! By Toyin Kinoshi

(GAMJI)

When Fela's house was razed in 1977, the then OBJ military government claimed that "some unknown soldiers" did it.  Odi was razed by "unknown soldiers," so they claimed, but from "known" barracks.  All the other reprisal attacks and the recent jail break by the boys in Khaki were committed by "unknown soldiers" from "known" barracks. Details

 

Oh Sweet Nigeria: A Journey Home !! By Tokunbo Ojo

(GAMJI)

Nigerians underestimate their potentialities and producing capacity. Like Blacks in the Diasporas, in lieu of producing and be independent, they choose to depend on external sources. They know how to cry and complain. But when it comes to tackling the problems from the root, it becomes another hide and seek game. Details

 

Who Betrayed Africa? By Tunji Olalekan

(GAMJI)

There are people who blame our problems on colonization by another race. They are right up to a point, but I remain wary that such psyche may even have been programmed to the advantage of the imperialists. However, it is in our interest to look around us for an explanation of the increasing chaos and demoralization that we suffer from. Details

 

The Magic in the human Spirit - Dealing with HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa. By Ugo Harris

(GAMJI)

I have come to believe that for the families and communities in Africa and around the world, the magic of the human spirit is what is needed and which  can give the victims of this disease the cushion they need to fight this disease. Details

 

OPC’S Call for Mohammed Abacha's Release. By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER)

Some how, Faseun, perhaps disturbed by his conscience, felt the need to join other Nigerians in calling for the release of the seven political detainees, one of whom, whose case has never even been mentioned in any court since his detention about two years ago. But how sincere is this call? I am asking this question because he is on record as attributing the assassination of Bola Ige to Northerners and we all know that this is how some people have been planting hatred in the minds of Yorubas, which eventually led to the massacre of Gambaris in Ibadan, Shagamu and Lagos. Details

 

Friday Discourse (116): Scholarship: N70,000.00 Minimum. By Dr. Aliyu Tilde

(GAMJI)

All students of northern states, except those from the former Benue and Kwara States, enjoyed full sponsorship of their education up to the mid-1980s. By full we mean they were given adequate funds by their state governments to meet all the necessities of higher learning, including tuition fees, feeding, books, transport and project allowances. Those sponsored to undertake studies overseas enjoyed additional allowances commensurate with the condition of living in their host countries. Details

 

For Nigeria, 2003 is Not Terribly Important. By Chudi Okoye

[ England ]

(GAMJI)

Nigeria is in deep crisis today, and however much we avoid the question the situation calls for nothing short of a revolutionary solution.  I don’t mean a revolution to go and massacre people, or anything silly like that.  I mean simply a revolution of thought, of ideas. Details

 

Boycott The Guardian Newspapers. Forwarded by Vincent O. Erondu

(GAMJI)

We would have toed the line of not joining in reopening this old wound if not that the Guardian Newspapers which is no doubt regarded as a credible group of Newspapers in Nigeria allowed its Editor to misinform and carry out this obvious, hate mongering directed against the Igbo in an effort to increase ethnic tension in the counry. Details

 

Rectificatory Justice, in Accordance with Arithmetical Regression. By Sammani D. Abdullahi

[England]

(GAMJI)

I have to admit that this stuff is purely philosophical. The aim of which is to relates it and make an elaboration on a philosophical statement attributed to Shehu Usman Ibn Fodio (May Allah have mercy on him). This will be discuss in a latter part. The stuff can also be used for academic purposes. Details

 

The Politicisation of Ontological Question: Discourses, Subjectivities and Muslim Family Law in Nigeria . By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

(GAMJI WRITER)

No argument that discountenances God as the foundation of knowledge and of ethics can remain within the ambit of Islamic discourse. Modernism in Islam is therefore neither humanism nor secularism. The irony in Islamist discourse is that it is the classical tradition (or, more correctly, the neo-fundamentalist tradition) in the form it came to take as advocacy for the fixity and eternal validity of the totality of Islamic Law, which is comparable in a sense to European humanism. Details

 

Demonizing the Yoruba Politics. By Temilade Akerejola

(GAMJI)

Try to imagine the destiny of millions of people in the hands of the treacherous gang perambulating the political landscape of the Yoruba nation. Still trying? I mean those fellows that possess information without knowledge, opinions without principles, instincts without beliefs. Still trying? Details

 

Population Census as the Solution to Nigeria’s Problems. By Adek Falowo

(GAMJI)

What I am sure of anyway is that there can never be a meaningful decision coming from any Sovereign National Conference if Nigeria remain as it is today, how would you choose the participants without considering the number of States or LGAs? How do you write and/or approve the agenda if the Population says a certain part of the country is more populated  and that part is comfortable with the status-quo. Details

 

Why Newspapers Fail in Northern Nigeria. By Danladi Adamu

 Mohammed

(GAMJI)

The media is the arena of participation in the society and any segment of the society which is left behind in that competition will eventually be marginalized. In the Nigerian context we have seen how the vocal southwestern media was used in ensuring political power shift from the North to the Yoruba enclave of southwest. Details

 

The Option for Obasanjo. Wada Nas

(WEEKLY TRUST)

The president can, however, salvage his image and become popular among Nigerians once more. The way to do this is to publicly announce to the nation that he would not run for a second term. This will push his popularity rating very high and he would remain forever the Mandela of Nigeria or the second Mandela of Africa and the world. He will live with honour and die with it. His popularity would be greater worldwide. He would become the real Obasanjo we knew way back in the 70s, the great Nigerian statesman who freely handed over power to a democratically-elected government. Details

 

The Bashing President. By  Paul Mamza

(GAMJI WRITER)

The Honourable House of Representative members were once called 'small-boys' as a derogatory denunciation to silence them into succumbing to the script of government, the bashing of Professor Sam Aluko personal opinion on the state of the nation as coming from a 'Senile person', the disparaging generalization of the academic staff of universities as group of irresponsible people whose services to the nation is disingenuous, the ascription of the state of insecurity of the nation to 'tribal' groups vis-à-vis Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Afenifere and Ohaneze-Ndigbo are amongst the prominent utterances by the President that can earn him an award for an unguarded bashing which I see as diversionary. Details

 

Insisting Nigeria Unity is Not Negotiable is a Route to Violent Balkanization. By Debo Awosika-Olumo MD MS

(GAMJI)

In the present day Nigeria, no tribe or ethnic group trust each other, it is a common sense issue that no relationship can succeed without trust. Hence for anyone to say that the unity of any country is not negotiable is the most erroneous and disingenuous statement any sane mind can make. Details

 

BAKASSI Phenomenon: A Symbol of People's Power. By Okenwa R. Nwosu, M.D.

This horrific account of Bakassi-style justice meted to one of the shady characters of my hometown still sends chills down my spine anytime the imagery flashes through my consciousness. Details

 

The Youth and the Future of Nigeria (Part 1). By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER)

About two months ago, some people in Port Harcourt dressed themselves as Muslims and Northerners and attempted to set a Church on fire. The ultimate purpose was to blame Muslims and possibly deal with them in that area. Luck, however run against them when they were apprehended by the police and later discovered that they were not even Northerners let alone Muslims. But had they succeeded, everybody would have believed that the Church was indeed set ablaze by Muslims. Allah is always with the righteous. Details

 

What Do the Fulanis Want? By  Femi Awoniyi

[GERMANY]

(GAMJI)

In our forty years of independence, out of the eleven men that have ruled us, four of them are Fulanis: Ahmadu Bello (de facto), Murtala Mohammed, Shehu Shagari and Mohammadu Buhari. Four from a single ethno-racial group, a minority one at that, in a country with more than 250 different ethno-national groups! Yet they are said to feel marginalized. Of the 8 inspectors-general of the Nigerian police since independence, three, Mohammed Dikko Yussuf, Muhammadu Gambo Jimeta and Ibrahim Commassie, are Fulanis. Details

 

Farouk for President [4]. By Orok Edem

(GAMJI)

Fellow Nigerians do not listen to people like Adisa, that the military cannot go on strike. Do not forget that in the same military, ‘generals’ are not supposed to kneel down and beg ‘majors’ Do not forget that Aremu the great served under his junior. From our previous experience, the military does not go on strike it mutinies, with guns in their hands; and when they are not overcome, it becomes a successful coup. Details

 

6 – 3 – 3 – 4 & U.B.E: Way Forward. By Abubakar Jika

(GAMJI WRITER)

The north and the riverine areas have less primary schools, less primary school teachers than the Yoruba  and the Igbo areas. To charge them and to pay teachers in other areas is the greatest undermining of  the struggles for even educational development in the country. The first is the licensing of six private Universities, none in the north and none in the riverine areas.  Details

 

Big Shame: Abuja Starves Diplomats Abroad. By Chika Onyeani

(GAMJI)

They are diplomats, and are supposed to live a glamorous  life. But that's where the glamorous comparison between other diplomats and their Nigerian counter-parts ends, as well as the workers working in the Missions, the Consulates, and the Embassies.  The fact is that Nigerian diplomats in the United States and their workers have not been paid for months. Details

 

An Analytical Response to President Obasanjo’s BBC Interview. By D.S. Dauda, M.D.

[UKRAINE]

(GAMJI)

“ I would say (that we have achieved) a lot. I have given hope to Nigeria.” Hope? Try telling that to the villagers at Zaki-Biam, Odi, victims of OPC, Bakassi, Yandaba or the January 27 explosions. Details

 

Sunday Awoniyi, the Arewa Tragic Phenomenon. By  Femi Awoniyi

[GERMANY]

(GAMJI)

IT is very difficult to rationalise the press utterances credited to Sunday Awoniyi in the aftermath of the latest bout of Hausa genocidal violence in Idi Araba, Lagos. Chief Awoniyi, a Yoruba from Kogi State, is a retired federal permanent secretary who has made a reputation for his outspokenness in the Fulani contraption called the Arewa Consultative Forum. Details

 

Friday Discourse: Obasanjo and the Law. By Dr. Aliyu Tilde

(GAMJI)

Talking about Obasanjo, he derailed from the line of Murtala when he succeeded him in 1976. People talk about the glory of his first tenure but I can only find many unanswered questions. For example, I have always wondered the source of his wealth, together with that of Danjuma and Yar'adua. I doubt if they were better than Mobolaji Johnson or J.D. Gomwalk. Details

 

Democracy is a Spiritual Imperative. By  Stephen Lampe

(GAMJI)

But those who call for military take-over are dead wrong. The fault is not in democracy; it is largely in the current crop of leaders, most of whom are products of the years of military misrule and protégés of past military rulers. Details

 

The Nigerian Messiah. By Max Gbanite

[NEW JERSEY, U.S.A.]

(GAMJI)

The President, we were told, must not be blamed for these unfortunate incidents. Going by his latest statement to BBC, “It could have been worse under another President”! He forgot to mention that it was God’s will for over 10,000 civilians to die during his three years in office. Details

 

Who is Obasanjo? By Modibbo R Hammantukur

[YOLA, NIGERIA]  

(GAMJI)

Obasanjo's critic and opposition, Chief Sunday Awoniyi, says what we see now is the real Obasanjo. According to him, Obasanjo means anarchy. In recent years, Wada Nas called Obasanjo more than 99 bad names. Worst still, Prof. Aluko said in an economics class where he is the professor and Obasanjo and Abacha are the students, Abacha is the brighter student. Details

 

Compositional Response to N.H. Ibanga's Question (II). By  Saleh Muhammad Sani Zaria

(GAMJI)

From the piece, it will be understood whether Jesus is the son of God, or the Prophet of God. Also it will be made clear the meaning of infallibility of the Prophets and the scholastic study of some verses of Qur'an, which, distantly, indicate misdeed of some of the Prophets. Details

 

MONDAY QUARTERBACKING: That Obasanjo Interview & Twelve Headlines. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

(GAMJI WRITER)

Obasanjo: I have not looked for presidency for life, but those who quote Mandela must look at the different situations. Obasanjo situation and Mandela situation: are they the same? I will not agree with him, you must be able to say “Yes” Mandela has been to prison before head of state. I have been head of state before going to prison and I am now again head of state after going to prison. So our situations are different. Details

 

Still on the Electoral Act Forgery. By Paul Mamza

(GAMJI WRITER)

Having noticed the level of frustrations of the citizenry against the current civilian government, the Cable News Network (CNN) in a twist reaction concluded that Nigerians are better-of during the military regimes.  To this effect the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Prof. Jerry Gana and his counterpart in the Ministry of Integration in Africa reacted swiftly to the report by condemning it. Details

 

Demonstration of Craze. By Ashe Yakubu

(GAMJI)

In the backdrop of a statement sometimes used passionately and sometimes thrown around flippantly, i.e., “A bad democracy is better than the best dictatorship”, I have asked myself one question over and over again: is a bad “democratic” system really better than a good “undemocratic” system? Details

 

Gross Insensitivity. By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER)

Here we are with a government preaching employment opportunities but engaging in such acts that are capable of limiting employment horizon. Here is a government vowing to light violence but adopting policies that would make it a means of earning a living, and here is a government promising to eradicate poverty but engaging in policies that would increase same by widening the unemployment scope, which would undoubtedly increase the poverty of the very poor. What a contradiction! Details

 

Those Yorubas Again . By Fa’iz Muhammad

(GAMJI)

Take the case of Mr Ige, one of the champions of  the great Yoruba race or better still ‘Cicero’. The man who called the northerners the Tutsis of Nigeria (another callous statement from a Yoruba man) but then the man was shot and killed by his own kinsmen (my apologies to the police for jumping the gun) and what do the Yoruba leaders say?-He could not have been killed by a Yoruba man (amazing line of thought for an educated people). Obviously their blood is so sacred that only someone from another tribe (jealously) could have killed him. Amazing.  Details

 

Islam Radicalized: Between Zionism and Pax Americana. By   Ali A. Mazrui

(GAMJI)

When is soft Israeli arrogance towards the Arabs paternalistic?  As an Israeli originally from Aden put it:“We know that the Arab is an obedient good creature as long as he is not incited and no one puts ideas into his head. Details

 

SUNDAY MUSINGS: The Macabre Circus of Keyamo’s Arrest .  By   Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

(GAMJI WRITER)

The police apparatchiks of the civilian regime in Nigeria are now truly acting like the military regime of Abacha, intimidating those whose names or faces they do not like for some reason or the other.  Their latest victim is Festus Keyamo, whose arrest yesterday is now really turning the Ige murder investigation into an unbelievably macabre circus. Details

 

STAR INTERVIEW: Talking Point: BBC’s Robin Lustig and President Obasanjo of Nigeria.[Unofficial Transcript of “Talking Point”: BBC’s Robin Lustig and President Obasanjo]. Forwarded by Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

Obasanjo:  Of course.  I was the first, when I was Head of State, who put Sharia Law, Court of Appeal in the  Constitution of Nigeria. It is part of our Constitution,  Sharia is part of the  life and soul of a Muslim. In 1978 we had a Constituent Assembly which reached an impasse on Sharia at Court of Appeal, Federal Court of Appeal or no Sharia Court of Appeal. Because at the State level every state that feel that they have enough Muslims in the population, they have Sharia law. Details 

 

Farouk for President [3]. By Orok Edem

(GAMJI)

My people, I would enact a law that allows retaliatory killings of citizens and visitors. That is, if the Habe of Kano kills an Eboe man. The Eboes of Aba would be justified to kill an equivalent number of Habes or anybody that looks like them, in Aba. Ditto, if the Yarribas of Idi Araba kills any Habe in Lagos, the Habes would be entitled to an equivalent number of Yarriba heads anywhere in the north. Females and children would not be included. Men would be substituted in their places.  Details

 

What do the Yorubas Want. By Abubakar Jika

(GAMJI WRITER)

This urgency has taken on bewildering proportions since the latest OPC inspired Lagos Idi – Araba Genocide Saturday February 2nd to Tuesday February 5th. This is the second time in less than a year, that Yorubas in Lagos, led by the OPC militia, and inspired by Afenifere irredentism, massacred northerners in genocidal proportion in Lagos alone. It is becoming increasingly obvious to most northerners, that perhaps their blood is so cheap that it can be spilt with carelessness. Details

 

Dear General Abacha. By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER)

It may interest you to know that some two years back, our president promised us that there would be no more  NEPA antics as from 1 January this year. True to form, NEPA has been supplying bright light for twenty four hours interrupted daily keeping a lot of some places in the dark for several days and in some others for six or more hours without failure. Indeed, to show the level of its performance since January this year, no day ever passed without the Authority ensuring to take off light for at least six or more hours. Details

 

Friday Discourse (114): Misconceptions about Fula Advocacy. By Dr. Aliyu Tilde

(GAMJI)

Presently, the Hausa-Fulani are considered as one political group in the country. Some people, including my friend in Kano, detest this. They feel that the two tribes must be regarded as separate to maximize political gains. I disagree. It is impossible to separate the Hausa from the Fulani, and vice versa. The entire political interest of the two became merged since the conquest of Alkalawa 200 years ago. Details

 

Electrifying Kano (II). By Abubakar Jika

(GAMJI WRITER)

For a state that prides itself as “center of commerce”, it appears the government appreciates the significance of electric energy. No area can industrialize or engage in any viable commerce without electricity supply. This is one area of growing consensus, as exemplified by the Media Tour Awards, which Kwankwaso has done well on. Details

 

The Ambassadorial of Football. By Stephen Eze

(GAMJI)

The Nigerian civil war started in the north. That was the location where over 200,000 Igbo Nationals suffered the worst massacre of that time. Not long after that, the real ethnic cleansing or purification started. That ethnic motivated killing lasted for about 30 months. Details

 

Four Cardinal Principles for a successful World Cup campaign: An Open letter to the President of the Republic and the Honourable Minister of Sports. By Omoba Oladele Osinuga

(GAMJI)

I am sure that you would both have been dismayed and embarrassed by the abysmal display by the Super Eagles at the recently concluded African Cup of Nations in Mali. Save for a few players who we all know and need not mention, there was a lack of passion, commitment and zeal by the team in all their matches. Details

 

Obviously things cannot go on this way, if we want Nigeria to remain as one”: A Response to Mohammed Haruna. By  Kunle Falowo

(GAMJI)

The fact remains that every single Nigerian is a tribalist, accept it or not we all owe 100 times more allegiance to our ethnic groups than to the nation.  We see everything and everybody first as Yoruba or these days "Christian Yorubas" or "Biafran Ibos" or "Hausa-Fulanis", it reflects in everything we say or do. Why do we want to continue to let you deceive yourselves that Nigeria could be kept as one. Details

 

CNN and coup d'état. By M. O. Ené

(GAMJI)

Gana threatened to declare Koinage persona-non-grata and to deport him. Bravo, Professor Minister! Do we still call this a democracy or what, a country of law and not of men with fragile egos? You can kill the messenger, but not the message. Not even pre-Gorbachev USSR was this brutal, crude, rude, and mean. Details

 

Compositional Response to N.H. Ibanga's Questions-1- By Saleh Muhammad Sani Zaria

(GAMJI)

The aim is to point out that the short history the Qur’an has been perfectly clear up to now and the chapters and verses have been constantly uttered by the Muslims and handed down. We also know that the Qur’an which is in our hands, is exactly the Qur’an which was sent down to the Prophet fourteen centuries ago. Details

 

Season of Anarchy and Shamelessness. By Tunde Olusesi

(GAMJI)

And those people carrying their brief cases in their heads and holding their electric fans as they fled from Idi-Araba, bringing back the haunting images of the Tutsi and Hutus as they fled from the troubled Rwanda.   How could CNN have looked away and not show for all to see those half naked good Samaritans foraging for bloated bodies of mainly women and children in the murky waters of the macabre Oke Afa drainage canal? Details

 

Yoruba Xenophobia and January 27. By Mohammed Haruna

(DAILY TRUST)

When Yoruba leaders like the late Chief Bola Ige who was born and bred in the North argues that the “Hausa-Fulanis” are the Tutsis of Nigeria for no worse crime than the fact that Northerners have enough commonsense to know that you cannot get power through gaining the trust of others by constantly abusing and ridiculing them, and when another Yoruba leader like the late Pa Solanke Onasanya believes Northerners have no right to make a living in Yoruba land, should it surprise anyone that January 27 happened and can happen again? Details

 

Two Years of Democracy. By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER)

On the whole, we have not moved reasonably away from the past. In fact in some areas such as poverty, insecurity, the economy, we are worse off. The truth remains that Nigerians were better off yesterday than they are today in several aspects of their national life. We could only talk of freedom of speech, but it is the constitution that has guaranteed it and not the acts of administration. Details

 

Potential Presidential Candidates from Northern Nigeria. By Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa

(GAMJI)

Buhari has more exemplary qualities than any of the politicians in this paper. He was a highly disciplined and determined military ruler. He was also relatively honest. While he was ruling the country many people thought Nigeria was back on track. PTF the organization he led after leaving office was perhaps the most successful government agency in Nigeria's history. This was largely because of his honesty and discipline. He also had no intellectual pretensions unlike Obasanjo who performed well as dictator but has so far failed as a democrat because of "Mr. Know all" mentality. Details

 

There is no Happy "Deputy", Except Atiku. By Bala Muhammad

(GAMJI)

Why don’t other principals – governors, local government chairmen -- emulate president Obasanjo, who has delegated so much to his deputy (chair of the National Council on Privatization, the National Economic Council, sometimes even the Federal Executive Council). If they do, perhaps the deputies would be just like Atiku to his boss: ultra loyal and obedient. Details

 

International African Crossfire: Between the Flames of Terrorism and the Force of Pax Americana. By Ali A. Mazrui

(GAMJI)

An unknown number of Africans were killed at the World Trade Center, in New York on September 11, 2001 -- Senegalese hawkers, Nigerian investors, Ethiopian or Eritrean drivers or professionals, Ghanaian students, Egyptian and South African tourists and others. Who knows for certain? September 11, 2001, has had other consequences for Africa. The Security Forces of Africa have opened their doors to the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (the FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (the CIA). Africa has fewer secrets from the Americans than ever, if Africa ever had any. Details

 

A Coup in Progress ? By Oluwaseun Agboke

(GAMJI)

If anyone continues to think that the series of sporadic events that have engulfed our country, Nigeria, in the past few months are a coincidence, such a person may have to do some rethinking . The death of Uncle Bola Ige, the talk of allege introduction of Sharia in Oyo state, the war-front like explosion  in Lagos State, and the shameless killing of innocent people in Lagos, tagged  Yoruba /Hausa war, can only be executed under suspicious circumstances. Details

 

Prayers and the Laws of Creation. By  Stephen Lampe

(GAMJI)

One of the five pillars of Islam is five prayers said at specific times during the waking hours. The hours of the prayers stipulated in the Koran are so arranged that a human being who really prays aright will be in a state of humility and inner purity throughout his or her waking period. He or she would be incapable of thinking evil, much less deliberately harming others. Details

 

The Fulani Milk Maid and Problems of Dairying in Nigeria. By Ismail Iro, Ph.D.

[FOUNDER GAMJI.COM]

(GAMJI)

Milk is the most frequently used cattle product, however, many families cannot get enough milk for daily nourishment. Although traditional dairying in Nigeria starts centuries ago, industrial dairying is recent. In 1945, the last colonial Chief Veterinary Officer of Nigeria, Mr. H.H. Wells, reported to the Home Office in London that Her Majesty's Empire in Nigeria had developed much interest in dairying and was supplying cheese and butter to Allied Forces in Morocco. Details

 

January 15, 1966:  The Role of Major Hassan Usman Katsina

(GAMJI)

According to Nzeogwu himself, Hassan's first knowledge of the coup was early after daybreak on Saturday when Nzeogwu, having already killed or directed the killing of the Sardauna, the Brigade Commander and the 2/IC at the NMTC, went to Hassan's house with a sterling Sub Machine Gun in his hand and asked:   "What side are you on? Are you with me or with them?"   Hassan's response was "Don't bother, I am on your side." However, what subsequently happened was that Major Hassan (along with Major Alexander Madiebo (of Artillery in Kaduna) and Lt. Col. Chukwuemeka Ojukwu in Kano with whom he was in touch by phone and signals) began playing a very cunning game of isolating Nzeogwu, while appearing to cooperate by assisting in sending out some signals and making troops available for odds and ends.  Details

 

The Ambassadorial Role of Football. By Rev. 'Ladi Thompson

(GAMJI)

The ambassadorial effect of football was negated when we heard of the violence unleashed on defenceless Nigerians in Mali because of the result of the Nigeria - Mali qualifier. I daresay that our authorities ought to have investigated this report. If it was true I opine that the Super Eagles ought to have been flown back and all our nationals should have been recalled. Details

 

Very Sad Developments. By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER)

Talking about national security, one really wonders the motive of the military high command, including the Commander-In-Chief, for releasing a clearly false information that Muslims have concluded plans to attach military and police formations as well Christian dominated states. Was it a deliberate plan to cause division within the military and between Muslims and Christian? If so for what purpose? Details

 

Bulama in Bank of the North. By Abubakar Jika

(GAMJI WRITER)

It seems to me that Shettima Bulama believes in management by objective which Peter Drucker and others founded. He also appears to bring this perception to bear on Bank of the North, from the opinion samplings I conducted on customers and staff of the Bank, Bulama appears to be  the single leading motivator for the successes of the Bank. Details

 

MID-WEEK ESSAY:  The Idi-Iraba “Pissing” Contest – and Nigeria’s Tinder-Box. By Mobolaji E. Aluko

(GAMJI WRITER)

When people have conflicts, and have no trusted judicial avenues to turn to, they vent their spleens through violence.  When police numbers are not sufficient, nor are they properly equipped to prevent, detect or prosecute crime, it is indiscriminate violence that we get. Details

 

El-Rufa'i and His Generation. By Babayola Muhammadu Toungo

[KADUNA]

(GAMJI)

It is a platitude that in a democracy everyone is entitled to hold his opinion but that does not mean taking other people for a ride.  The Nigerian Labour Congress have been calling the attention of the government to the untold hardship and suffering ravaging the poor of this country but the government and its agents (like El-Rufa’i) have chosen to give a deaf ear.  The BPE Director General even has the effrontery of denying the existence of the common man; because he is not one. Details

 

Mr. President, Welcome to Katsina State. By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER)

Like other state in the North, the august visitor would ache at the sight of school age children aimlessly roaming the streets in search of nothing in particular as they grow in to manhood to join the widely growing jobless market poised to create problems for our great country in future. Details

 

Fighting Words. By Ashe Yakubu

(GAMJI)

Nigeria in the eyes of some might not be a viable or tenable unity, but for now we are one, please let us try to act as one, let us for the time that we are together, learn to embrace our sameness, love of life (I used to think), love of food and good company; love of football and winning, love of children and love of peace (I think everyone desires this) and let us stop harping on our differences. Details

 

IBB: The Nigerian Enigma. By Max Gbanite

[NEW JERSEY, U.S.A]

(GAMJI)

The current President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, was the first President (then Head of State) to take a loan from the World Bank and IMF (check the records). During IBB’s tenure, he was advised by selfish cronies to take the same line of action as Obasanjo. One of his most respected advisers, Chief Olu Falae was the principal architect of ‘STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT PROGRAM’ as the panacea for a sound economy for Nigeria. Why the southwest-dominated media spared him from criticism is a good example of their practice of selective criticism or ‘he’s our own son’ syndrome. Details

 

An Introduction to Famous Nigerian Pepper Soup Joint: (Rotten English Version). By Kòmbò M. Braide, Ph. D.

Ever since Major Íféájùnà, and later, Lt. Colonel Gòwõñ decided to use Dodan Barracks for the effective co-ordination of coup d’état operations, subsequent generations of equally patriotic soldiers of the Nigerian Army have also had their own equally brilliant ideas on where to pick as their assembly point for the conceptual and detailed tactical design, logistics co-ordination, and D-Day-H-hour operations and manoeuvres in coups d’état: real, imagined, phantom, denied, confessed or otherwise.  Details

Obasanjo and "Tazarce". By Abubakar Jika

(GAMJI WRITER) 

Tanko Yakasai and Wada Nas reminded the whole world that the Commander – in – Chief, Minister of Internal Affairs, Inspector General of Police, Chief of Army Staff, and Director SSS are from the same geo – political zone – southwest. These are what give ammunition to those in the north that is vehement that this is a southwest power elite regime. Details

 

MONDAY QUARTER-BACKING:  Personal Encounters with Uncle Bola . By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

(GAMJI WRITER) 

We might now ask: why did Ige join Obasanjo’s cabinet?  The easy answer is that it was to spite his Afenifere colleagues who had rejected him at D’Rovans.  However, the more complex  and likely reason was a pact with Obasanjo, with an assurance from Obasanjo that he had agreed to a one-term presidency, and that Ige might be able to complete the second four-year term (ostensibly allotted to the Yoruba) if he could join the PDP government and re-assure his detractors of his “good behavior.”  Details

 

SPECIAL BRANCH REPORT: "Military Rebellion of 15th January 1966". Forwarded By Nowamagbe Omoigui

(GAMJI)

This is the Police Report on the official investigation into the events of 15 January 1966, entitled:  "Military rebellion of 15th January 1966".  It was prepared by Police Special Branch Interrogators based on interviews with soldiers, other ranks and some officers who had been arrested after the January 15, 1966 mutiny....This draft was released to a highly restricted circulation of certain persons in government and outside the country in very early August 1966 - and then leaked...The remainder of the report which allegedly implicated certain other persons has apparently never been released widely to this day. Details

 

Obasanjo Expose Self and Senators. By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER) 

Now, Obasanjo has exposed the racket: that it was he, apparently using our distinguished Senators, who removed Dr Okadigbo as Senate President. Truth, they say, is a living phenomenon, which can be suppressed but cannot be killed. All alone, our elected representatives were telling us untruth that they were never collaborators in the removal of Okadigbo, while in truth they knew the fact of the matter.  Details

 

The State of Education in Nigeria and the Health of the Nation. By Victor E. Dike

(GAMJI)

Really, President Olusegun Obasanjo should not lead Nigeria at this technology age. He is, in the opinion of this writer, the president the nation should not have had. He could be a good military General, but he does not have a good manner of approach and the skill to lead a civil society. And he lacks the appropriate national objectives and strategies to solve the problems facing the academic sector and the nation at large.  Details

 

Obasanjo and Cohorts as Threat to Democracy. By  Sadiq Isah Radda

[BAYERO UNIVERSITY, KANO]

(GAMJI)

The disappointment is reflected in the failure of the governments at various levels to deliver on electoral promises. Worse still every elected and nominated political office holder now is more concerned in retaining the office than serving peoples' interest. Details

 

Leadership and Poverty in Nigeria. By Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa

(GAMJI)

During the pre-colonial period the Sokoto Caliphate was the most prosperous state in tropical Africa. This was because the jihad leaders established an economy that was appropriate to the polity (Illife 1995: 171). Even in Kano the most prosperous province of the Caliphate the merchants integrated commerce and manufacturing. Details

 

Will Democracy Spawn a Civilian Dictator in Nigeria? By  Chudi A. Okoye, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

He was hardly the most commanding personality that one ever encountered.  Squat, ill-spoken and rather unbecharming, he inspired neither fear nor deep affection as a person.  For much of his time in office he was out of sight, ensconced imperviously at the innermost recesses of Aso Rock, seat of the Nigerian government in Abuja.  Yet, with seeming ease, General Sani Abacha almost completely dominated a nation of 110 million people during his reign. Details

 

Farouk for President [2]. By Orok Edem

(GAMJI)

Lets face it, this government cannot provide security. Junior police officers are threatening to go on strike and the Inspector General departs on leave., and it takes the intervention of the House of Representatives for the presidency not to travel out of the country when the souls of over one thousand of his citizens are asking why? Details

 

Nigeria Labor Congress: My Heartaches. By Sadiq Isah Radda

(GAMJI)

The government we have at our disposal is anything but honorable. It is a government that refuses to honor an agreement it freely enters into with Unions. Also, the administration lacks moral wits to allow an impartial arbiter adjudicate an issue it swore to see through. This is a government that worships IMF and World Bank, and like little kids, fears monsters. Put bluntly, the Obasanjo government is fearful of IMF and World Bank. Details

 

The Al-Bashir Publication on Ahmadu Bello Univeristy: God's Answer to Prayers. By R.D.A  Oyebanji Forwarded by Adey Oyenuga

(GAMJI)

Let the ACF call for the video and audio tapes of the 1999 Visitation Panel to A.BU. and watch and hear the evidences given.  What went on here in A.B.U. was inhuman.  All the royal fathers, Emirs, Chiefs, Obas and Attahs who hold positions of fathers to all their subjects should please call the zealots to order.  The North cannot be one only during elections and wars when everyone is expected to join hands to fight the "enemy". Details

 

The Summer School: An Undesirable Phenomenon in Our Education System. By Dr. Aisha Mamman

[A.B.U. TEACHING HOSPITAL, ZARIA]

(GAMJI)

Another dimension to this is the fact that there are no real lessons taken during the holidays but the assumed classes are a means of making extra money for the teachers while using the students as hostages. Realistically speaking, summer schools provide an alternative means of childcare for parents who do not have child minders. They are therefore a welcome relief for such parents. Details

 

It is the Time of Tribulation and Tragedies By Stephen Lampe

(GAMJI)

We should expect that natural disasters will continue to increase for many more years. However, natural disasters need not take heavy human toll. Every country and, indeed, every city ought to have carefully thought out plans of action to be executed before and shortly after a disaster, natural or man-made. Details

  

Lessons and Reminders for Mr. President. By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER) 

At the time they were saying this, President Obasanjo was, on the other hand, preaching his own sermons against late Gen. Sani Abacha, (may his soul rest in peace) by saying that the late Nigerian leader wanted him dead. By making such statement, where he did, Gen. Obasanjo was sure enough evoking the same kind of hatred for which members of the Abacha family have been painfully suffering under his administration. Details

 

Friday Discourse (113): Fula and their masters in Nigeria. By Dr. Aliyu Tilde

(GAMJI)

The most heinous aspect of this unfortunate development, and which affects the Fula naturalis most, is how religion, in confederation with ethnicity, is stripped naked of its innocence and conscripted to serve in the battalion of ethnic cleansing that is different only in proportion, but not in intent, from those perpetrated by Serbians in former Yugoslavia and the Hutu in Rwanda. Details

 

The Explosive President. By Prof. Mike Ikhariale

(GAMJI)

"Shut up! I took the opportunity of being here to see what could be done. I don’t need to be here."  Who could have imagined that the above dismissive statement was made right at the scene of a colossal national calamity which the recent Ikeja armory inferno has become for countless Nigerians, and not an inebriated outburst at an Owanbe gathering? Details

 

Obasanjo, Democracy and the 2003 Election: A response to Dr. Okoye’s ‘What if Obasanjo contests and loses in 2003?’ By Dr. Tunde Arogundade

(GAMJI)

Love him or loathe him, Obasanjo has made unrivalled contribution to the development of democracy in Nigeria.  He did this first as the head of a military regime and second in his first term as president in the post-military era.  Obasanjo’s contribution to the development of democracy in Nigeria is therefore the appropriate starting point for discussion of politics in contemporary Nigeria. Details

 

The Failure of Governance in Nigeria. By  Stephen Lampe

(GAMJI)

The grave insecurity of life and property and the general malaise throughout the country call for reflection on the part of all Nigerians and soul-searching by our political leaders. Armed robbers and assassins have had full and free rein in many cities and towns for at least 15 years. As we now know, some of the insecurity was the handiwork of military governments with their assassination and bomb-throwing squads. Details

 

Nigeria Police Force Strike: Sign of Good Things to Come. By Sadiq Isah Radda

(GAMJI)

I became highly impressed to hear the bold effort made by the Nigeria police Force to embark on a strike. It has been long over due. They have been unnecessarily patient and tolerant. Their strike is a sign of good things to come in Nigeria. The much-needed awareness is slowly creeping into the closed society called the Nigeria Police Force. Details

 

What is Wrong with Nigeria? By Stephen Eze

(GAMJI)

It is said that a nation is know by the character of its leader(s) if this single statement is anything to go by, then Nigeria may have been cursed with reckless, uncultured and unrefined leaders. Nigeria as a nation has been very unfortunate to have people that lack decency and quality of character as its leaders or rulers. Details

 

Questioning Ige’s Murder With Political Courage. By Biodun Sowunmi

(GAMJI)

The powerful Northern / military interests behind the cry of marginalisation and that are determined to remove Obasanjo, saw Ige as a stumbling block to weakening support for Obasanjo’s re-election bid in the West. Details

 

Sunday's Munitions Explosion in Lagos. By Wole Akande

(GAMJI)

Given the chance, I am convinced that Nigerians abroad will not choose to remain silent, helpless witnesses to the deadly fury unleashed on unsuspecting Lagosians. Surely, this is the time to redouble our efforts to help alleviate the horrors of the situation. Details

 

Some Ammo Dump Disasters of the last 100 years. By Nowamagbe Omoigui

[SOUTH CAROLINA, U.S.A.]

(GAMJI)

The recent ammo dump fire in Nigeria creates an opportunity to spotlight the world's most serious accidental explosions of munitions.  If the present rate of retrieval of bodies from the Ikeja mishap is sustained, it will exceed the Pakistan ammo blast of 1988 and the Mont Blanc calamity of 1917, threatening to become the worst recorded ammo dump disaster in the last 100 years - from the perspective of collateral damage. Details

 

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Transparency Nigeriana: Deja vu in Rotten English (Part 1). By Kombo M. Braide, Ph.D.

[PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria]

(GAMJI)

The pathological lure of Nigerian  rulers towards self-immortalisation, including their complete disregard for accountability and their aversion for transparency while in office, are both amazing and amusing at the same time. For over 85 years now, the dynamics of interaction between the rulers and the ruled in Nigeria has been precarious at times, tenuous in others, and “cats-and-dogs”ish, most of the times. Details

 

The "True Believers" and Anti-Intellectualism: The Opportunistic Roots of Neo-fundamentalist Criticism. By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

(GAMJI WRITER)

"It is time for the Guardian to listen to the Zamfara state government...It is time to ask those who feel there are legal problems to go to a court of competent jurisdiction. Alhaji Ahmed Sani has repeatedly said his priority is good government, education, poverty alleviation and moral rebirth. He has assured non –Muslims of the full protection of their rights. He has never declared Zamfara an Islamic state. Details

 

Nigeria: Has this House Fallen? By Habu Fika 

(GAMJI)

Our public officials are the biggest queue jumpers. Have you noticed by now how some parts of Abuja always have running water while others never see a trickle? Do you think it is by accident that our public officials happen to live in those water-endowed sections? Details

 

2003: Waiting for God. By    M. O. Ené

(GAMJI)

President Obasanjo should take the high road -- talk and walk. He needs to put another fine feather on his cap and retire to his farm. He has done his best. If he wants to save his party and patria, he must NOT run again; he should pass on the touch to the original G-34: Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Alhaji Abubakar Rimi, etc. Details

 

Rejoinder: Parade of Memories. By Nowa Omoigui

[SOUTH CAROLINA, U.S.A.]

(GAMJI)

In an article in the DAILY TRUST, on Monday, January 28, 2002, titled "Parade of memories on January 15th" the comment was made that "Initially, though, the Armed Forces Remembrance Day was, prior to the adoption of January 15th, known as "eleven eleven" meaning the eleventh day of the eleventh month (November) which is the precise date that marked the end of the 2nd World War, (11th November 1945). " That statement is inaccurate. Details

 

Have U Been Following the VOA Debate, etc? By Abdulsalam Olatubosun Ajetunmobi
[LONDON]

(GAMJI)

As I often observe, many politicians as well as some opinion writers in the country like to rest their arguments on principle. But, I always have the suspicion that somehow a principle is being used as an expedient to get to the politically convenient conclusion. In my mind, it is no good coming up with grand statements of principles if they appear platitudinous or irrelevant as is the case with their statements. Details

 

"2003 Wild Goose Chase" - A Rejoinder. By Nnamdi Elekwachi-Mpuomigbo

(GAMJI)

If Ohanaeze can be blamed for any thing it is the absence of any concrete plan to actualise its well-articulated and impeccable Igbo Agenda in Nigeria. But Ohanaeze is not in government in Igboland. Therefore, in the final analysis, the Igbo political leadership and not the Ohanaeze should take responsibility for failure to take steps to implement the Igbo Agenda. Details

 

Decay: Hausa/Fulani Family Structures. By Ahmad Tafida Jalingo

[KADUNA]

(GAMJI)

Today there is hardly any family in the GRAs of Kaduna, Kano, Maiduguri or Yola that one cannot find 2 to 3 very big and overgrown daughters still in the family house not ever married since birth and the parent are comfortably sitting there waiting for the proverbial "Mr right", who might have been rejected at the correct time earlier or just refused to come because of obvious reasons like the type of family in question e.g. Details

 

Events Round UpBy Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER) 

Recently, the Federal Government ordered a planned meeting between governors of Oil Producing states and British and American Officials be stopped.  While this is a wise decision, it is necessary to point out that it because we have allowed these foreigners, particularly the Americans, free reign in Nigeria that they could initiate such a meeting without the knowledge of federal authorities. Details

 

What if Obasanjo Contests and Loses in 2003? By Chudi A. Okoye

(GAMJI)

Consider, if you will, some of the factors working against the President.  His record in office isn’t exactly a catalogue of endearing conquests.  Sure, there are some notable achievements counting in his favour: GSM; privatisation; NEPA; road works; external debt management; rebuilding of Nigeria’s image abroad.  But these can hardly be considered to be revolutionary. Details

 

Malama Hannatu Mohammed: All Hail Our New Convert to the Doctrine of Fairness. By Sam C. Okudah

(GAMJI)

Well, you can add me to the list of those who disagree with you. To put it more bluntly, I am sick and tired of the utter balderdash you've been peddling on this issue. To begin with, I have no idea what makes you think Professor Aluko should not comment on the so-called debate without supporting your views. Details

 

The Cold Hands of Treachery: Ige's Murder, the Aftermath, and the Anguish of an Igboman. By Odindu Odunze Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

The question is; how far do we take this disposition of TREACHERY, which the Yorubas have successfully imbued in their intra-Yoruba politics and which they from time to time thrust into the Nigerian partisan politics? As a matter of fact how authentic is the profile, or are other non-Yorubas only making unreasonable inferences as to what is, even as it has become a pattern? Details

 

Sanusi Lamido: Don't Mislead Safiya. By Alh. Ibrahim Tudu

[GUSAU, ZAMFARA STATE]

(GAMJI)

Safiya got a champion in the person of Lamido to depend her in order to resist Islamic Shari’ah judgment passed on her from an established Court of Justice acting on all necessary legal proceedings just because Lamido has grown up and is aware of something called DNA!. Next he would say all cases of Zina in shari’a courts should be given attention only when they are video taped with a close circuit camera so that there would be no need for the stipulated four witnesses. Details

 

When a “Gentleman” Joins ‘a childish and ridiculous Debate’ (Still on VOA Hausa Service). By Baba El-Yakubu Jibril

Isn’t it absurd for a gentleman to allow himself to be pushed into exercising his right to mediocrity by partaking in a childish and ridiculous debate? I have been following the on-going debate on the new leadership at the VOA Hausa service, but find Bolaji Aluko’s points both unconvincing and far away from the issues raised by the concerned listeners (see “Sunday Dare and the VOA Hausa Service: Joining the Debate”). Details

 

Farouk for President [1]. By Orok Edem

(GAMJI)

Fellow country men and women, I bring you good tidings. I am sure you are all amazed and delighted about my candidature for the presidency. And, if you are not…I believe by the time you finish reading this, you will come to the conclusion that the end is nigh. O Yes…I have contacted the Lord and he has given me the nod ahead of the incumbent. If you don’t believe me, get down on your knees and ask the Lord yourself.  Details

 

Leaders-in-Transit. By Paul Mamza

(GAMJI WRITER)

To link late Chief Bola Ige to the death of Hon. Ayo Olagbaju, Fryo when asked about the Ooni of Ife’s warning about Chief Bola Ige, he said "Yes. He said that Bola Ige can do and undo. That he should be very, very careful in any step he is taking". Details

 

'War on Terrorism: The Moral Dimension'. By Abdulsalam Olatubosun Ajetunmobi
[LONDON]

(GAMJI)

A recent study by an American academic, Professor Marc Herold of New Hampshire University, has shown that the number of civilians killed by US bombs in Afghanistan has now surpassed the death toll of the 11 September attacks. The report places the death toll from US attack on Afghanistan at 3,767. Details

 

Fryo and Omisore: Some Troubling Thoughts. By Ibiyinka Solarin

(GAMJI)

Fryo in ThisDay  Sat Jan 19th 2002, described himself as a ‘small fly’ who is being offered as a scape goat. He appears not to see himself as responsible for his actions. Nowhere did he suggest that he was coerced or pressured , he was a willing and paid hack, masquerading as a student of Obafemi Awolowo Universtity. He said he ‘mobilised ‘ his fellow students for these activities on behalf of Omisore. Obviously his confederates were paid too. Details

 

Friday Discourse (111): Pulaaku among the Fula . By Dr. Aliyu Tilde

(GAMJI)

This is the second article on Fulani and their problems in Nigeria. We have sufficiently focussed on language in the previous article last week. Today, we will look at an attribute with which the Fulani are distinguished. It is a feature that is eroding in Nigeria, on one hand as fast as life is becoming difficult for its citizens, and on the other, as gradual as the ruler becomes encapsulated by the norms and adulterations of sedentary life. Details

 

Save Us From Violence. By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER) 

But the question is how possible was it for civilian to disarm 16 well-trained soldiers. Sure the civilians made this possible by the possession of superior firepower. Reports have it that sophisticated weapons, including launchers, are being used in the crisis. How did they come by these weapons? It would appear that military authorities do not take proper custody of weapons from retiring military personnel. This call for vigilance in future. Details

 

Professor Aluko: You Shouldn't Have Joined the VOA Hausa Service Debate. By  Hannatu Mohammed

(GAMJI)

Recently, Professor Jerry Gana was quoted as accusing the VOA Hausa Service of not only undermining the Obasanjo government but for trying to destabilize the nation. This, after the Service interviewed Abubakar Rimi, in his capacity as a presidential candidate. Since then, I was reliably told that the new Hausa Chief has banned any more interviews with Rimi, or any politician who is challenging Obasanjo in the next elections. How about that Professor? Details

 

Deconstructing Nigerian Symbols of National Identity. By  Kombo M. Braide, Ph.D.

[PORT HARCOURT, NIGERIA]

(GAMJI)

The Nigerian psyche is being very subtly brutalised, and subordinated to the chauvinistic wet dreams of some amorphous, devious and self-deceiving indigenous colonial mafia. Those symbols of Nigeria’s national identity contain concepts that are diametrically opposite to our hopes and aspirations as a Federation.  Details

 

 

Black Hawk Down - The Nigerian Connection. By Nowa Omoigui

[SOUTH CAROLINA, U.S.A.]

(GAMJI)

On 5 September, at a place called Strong Point 49, the Nigerian unit was ambushed, resulting in the deaths of 9 soldiers. Pvt. Umar Shantali was taken prisoner. According to news reports at the time he would probably have been killed were it not for the fact that he began reciting verses from the Holy Book to the hearing of his Sunni Moslem Somali captors. Details

 

Instability and Public Institutions in the 21st Century. By Muhammadu Dikko Yusufu, GCON

(GAMJI)

The most important single responsibility of our elected public office holders today, therefore, is to overcome their obsession with self-succession and to commit themselves to ensure a democratic and credible civilian-to-civilian succession in 2003. They should learn the lessons of our history and reject the sycophants urging them to succeed themselves by subverting the Constitution and the public institutions we are building to sustain it. Details

 

The Yoruba Campaign of Hatred Against  N’digbo: A  reaction to  Dr. Reuben Abati  and Co. (1).  By  Jonas Okwara

(GAMJI)

Once more in  an  unjustified manner, Igbos are being told that the Yorubas are now the new overlords of Nigeria. I thought arrogance of power was a grouse the south west had against the Hausa/Fulani. Today it appears the shift of power to the  south west had witnessed some other shifts less obvious to many. It is beginning  to appear as if the war against  injustice was fought to substitute one form of oppression  for the insular prejudice of people who do not see any thing good in others except  their own. Details

 

As Power Blocs Implode. By Yusuf Tuggar

[KANO]

(GAMJI)

Finally, you made mention of an “emerging revolt of the formerly introverted subalterns of the Middle Belt against the Hausa/Fulani-dominated political establishment of the North”. If you were familiar with that part of the country, you would realize that the concept of a Middle Belt independent of the North and Hausa/Fulani only exists in the pages of southwestern newspapers. Ilorin was a part of the Sokoto caliphate and its traditional ruling house is Fulani (in fact Emir Sulu Gambari was the first Chairman of ACF’s working committee and remains a prominent member). Details

 

"Grand Conspiracy" - Dr. B.J. Adamu's Contribution to the Debate about the Future of "Northern Nigeria". By Dr. Paul D. Ocheje. Forwarded By Dr. Moses Arigu

(GAMJI)

The middlebelt is a political force that has coalesced around the issues of fairness and equity in the politics of northern Nigeria. The people of the middlebelt feel that their association with the rest of northern Nigeria has not paid off in terms of their access to political and economic opportunities. They believe that they have been hard done by in the distribution of the opportunities of citizenship in a country whose constitution assures equal opportunity for all. Details

Fuel Price Increase: How It Affects the Masses. By Emmanuel Obioma E.

(GAMJI)

Shall we continue to heed to the advice(s) of the IMF and World Bank to the detriment of the progress and well-being of the Nigerian Masses?  Which comes first, the existence and survival of Nigeria for Nigerians or Nigeria for IMF? Details

 

Sunday Dare and the VOA Hausa Service: Joining the Debate. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

(GAMJI WRITER)

Thirdly, suppose Sunday Dare had been from POLAND.  Or was Afghani or Russian,  from Ethiopia or South Africa.  Or a Christian from Mali where Hausa is also spoken.    Would all these complaints have been pouring out?  I bet you "No!".  But now that a NIGERIAN has been given a good job at VOA, rather than see him as a NIGERIAN, you read some belly-aching about a YORUBA CHRISTIAN being given a job in a HAUSA service - as if the job description was to have only a NIGERIAN HAUSA MUSLIM as the holder!  Details

 

A Reply to Mr. Femi Awoniyi. By Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa

(GAMJI)

Unfortunately Mr. Awoniyi is continuing the work began by late Mr. Bola Ige who targeted the Fulani for a Rwanda like genocide. The propagandists used the mass media to prepare the minds of the Hutus in Rwanda for genocide against the Tutsis (Kupperman 2000) that was the strategy Bola Ige and the Yoruba tribalist controlled media employed to target the Fulani in Nigeria. However some decent Yoruba intellectuals such as Professor Kole Omotoso wrote against that campaign. Details

 

 

Xenophobia: Igbophohia, Yoruphobia, Fulaphobia, Ijawphobia, Edophobia, Efikphobia, Tivphobia, Hausaphobia, Kanuriphobia, Shadowphobia.... By Sam Abbd Israel

(GAMJI)

Finally, I will invite every writer in Nigeria to please join me in this little prayer. Dear God (Allah), the keeper of wisdom and power, teach us to know what is called a good fight and give us the courage to fight a good fight when one is known. Give us wisdom never to underrate our enemies and a heart of gold that will rather love the enemies instead of fighting them. Details

 

Do We Need a House of First Nations? By Wole Akande

(GAMJI)

The National House of First Nations would be a forum where ethnic differences would be sorted out. Issues such as ethnic favouritism in public offices and ethnic clashes would be discussed openly and taken to their logical conclusion. This forum for instance could have resolved last year’s bloody Tiv/Jukun riots.  Details

 

Who Sent Anthrax to Zadox. By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER) 

Anybody who knows Albashir and Mohammed would testify that there is no way they could be associated with anthrax or such dangerous scheming, not even against their enemies, if they have any, let alone against a person they don’t know. Why would the UPS staff wish to harm Zadok, who also they don’t know? Nor could we understand why only Zadok’s package, out of 5000, contained anthrax, granted the anthrax was actually from the package as originally packed by UPS Kaduna? Why Zadok, out of 5000 others who received similar pamphlets? Details

 

SUNDAY MUSINGS: Fr(a)yo’s Bombshell and the Cat’s Bell. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

[MARYLAND U.S.A.]

(GAMJI WRITER)

So here is the deal: Honorable Odunayo Olagbaju of Osun State is dead and now buried. Federal Minister of Justice and Attorney-General James Idowu Ajibola Ige is dead and now buried, each assassinated in cold blood within eight days of each other December 15 and 23 respectively. Some bodies killed them, and although they know themselves, and some people know them, and God knows them, we the masses do not exactly know the perpetrators. Details

 

Grand Conspiracy. By Dr. Baba Jibrin Adamu

[TORONTO, CANADA]

(GAMJI)

No doubt this is a period of profound northern grief. On one hand there are the recently increased social/religious upheavals, increased despair and hopelessness amongst youth in various parts of the north, and on the other hand the supposedly grand plan to systematically obliterate northern influence in the political and economical arena and the turmoil of frustration over what has become of the region’s political leaders – The northern extractions? Details

 

Kudos to Kema. By M. O. Ené.

[NEW JERSEY, USA]

(GAMJI) 

I have been to Zaria. The place is cool -- thermally terrible Harmattan weather and all. I still remember Shagalinku eatery with nostalgia. I have watched the small training planes hover around town. I have also closely watched military pilots train in Enugu. I am sure that some sound and solid arguments could be made for the school's relocation from Zaria to Enugu. But it doesn't have to move … just like that, not after so many years of service to Nigeria.  Details

 

Friday Discourse: Fula and their Problems in Nigeria (1). By  Dr. Aliyu Tilde

(GAMJI) 

In recent ethno-religious crisis that started with the debut of this administration, they [Fulani] have become easy targets in the middle and Southwestern part of the country. In many parts of the Northwest and the Northeast, where they would have easily found succor, they have been fighting with farmers over grazing areas for decades now. To crown their catalogue of problems, they have been stigmatised as feudalists and colonialists, fit, according to some, for elimination through a nationwide genocide. They are the most endangered human 'genus' in Nigeria.

Details

 

Caging Bullies in a Democracy. By Abubakar Jika

(GAMJI WRITER)

Obasanjo is first a Yoruba. If he is impeach the Yorubas may return to political guerrilla trenches to make noises in the newspapers. He is a Christian. CAN and other Christian bodies would be up in arms hollering religious exhortations. Finally, IMF and World Bank whose agenda on fuel, fertilizer subsidies and universities are well known would not be happy. Details

 

The Imperial President. By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER) 

We perhaps need to remind some of our senators that they were not elected by Obasanjo but by us and also that the desire for self succession was never the reason for our electing them. A few senators have been betraying Nigerian people over time, in a manner so disappointing of the high esteem we hold them. I have not heard of one member of the House of Representative in support of the injection of that foreign clause in to the electoral act. Details

 

SARDAUNA: In Remembrance of a Legend . By Magaji Galadima

(GAMJI COORDINATOR)

To those who were very close to him, who earned his trust and confidence  he was a simple man of warmth and affection, open , giving , generous and fair, compassionate and loyal. His vices were as large as his virtues were enormous. Quick to affront, he was not less quick to repent. Proud of his ancestry, he was no less humble for his failings, which only too clearly he fully discerned. He hated public functions, unless they brought him into contact with common people. Details

 

Loving to Forgive January 15th. By Ahmed Tafida Jalingo

(GAMJI)

Every 15th January I recall not only the dead soldiers of our avoidable civil war, the slain heroes/heroines of our land since the coming of Shehu Usman Bn Fodio (of blessed memory) who founded the empire, defined on justice under the Sharia and ever expanding and of high human and material wealth, most bountiful in scholarship with men of wisdom, which was only lacking in the modern devilish antics. Details

 

STAR SPEECH: Soyinka's Funeral Oration for Ige. Forwarded by Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

THE murderers are among us. Let no one be in any doubt -they sit among us, right within this sombre gathering that honours the passage of a hero. There are the unwitting collaborators whose blind politics brought this moment to be, whose primitive notions of contestation offered up this land of sacrificial platter. Perhaps they are contrite. Details

 

School of Aviation Technology Zaria to Move to Enugu? By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER) 

Since the inception of the administration, however, the apparent reading has been that 1999 was the waterloo of the North in the hands of President Obasanjo. If we may recall, the first set of 8 permanent secretaries he sacked were mostly Northerners. If my memory is right, five of them are sons of the region. Almost 70% of the 2400 NEPA staffers he also sacked were said to be Northerners. While he is punishing northern sons today, for alleged offence they committed during Abacha, he is freeing Oduduwa sons who killed thousand of Northerners in their midst. Details

 

FIFA: Africa's 2010 World Cup Championship. By Sylvester I. Okoro

Africa is yet to host or lead the association since the modern Olympic games began in Athens, Greece in 1896. Why?  Both FIFA and IOC have in numerous occasions given excuses such as lack of infrastructures or facilities, political instability, security concerns; just to mention a few.  These pretexts are coming even when these African countries, despite their internal developmental challenges have been contributing their annual financial dues to these bodies. Details

 

Solving the Nasarawa/ Taraba/ Benue states crises Tiv-Jukun-Alago crises in Nasarawa and Taraba States: Text of Benue State government's submission on the Nasarawa/ Taraba/Benue States crises. Forwarded by Zaiyol Karl

In 1918, all the ethnic minorities south of the Benue River including Bassa, Idoma, Igala, Tiv, Jukun, Kuteb, Chamba, Alago, Koro, Gwandara, Kamberi and others were all united to form Munshi province. Munshi being a term widely recognised as a nickname for the Tiv. The Province covered all the areas now under Taraba, Nasarawa, Benue, parts of Plateau and Kogi States. Details

 

"Obasanjo, Secession and the Secessionists": A Response to Reuben Abati's Igbophobia. By Josh Arinze

(GAMJI)

Many of your fellow Oduduwa and Arewa hack writers have been peddling animosity against the Igbo for decades.  Quite a number of them made lucrative their careers out of it, and ran their course even before you were born.  Trying to destroy the Igbo with words and weapons is nothing new in Nigeria.  So much energy has been wasted on that effort, it's no wonder Nigeria remains what many of us hate to admit it is: a backward country, a giant embarrassment to the black race. Details

 

Toro: A Gangster! By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER) 

Back to the insults heaped on Toro. While the Nigerian Bar Association found a lot of fault with Mustapha’s verbal assaults on the trial judge, to a measure for some good reason, the association didn't see anything wrong in describing a SAN  as a gangster. Toro perhaps might have committed some judicial misdeanamor here and there but certainly this wasn’t enough reason to call him a gangster, which amounts to saying that he is a rogue. Details

 

National Security and Intelligence in Nigeria Under Democracy: The Way Forward. By Max Gbanite 

[NEW JERSEY, U.S.A.]

(GAMJI)

To control crime and reduce rates effectively to a minimal level, corruption, ethnic fighting, pipeline vandalism, and the sabotage of petrol distribution, financial fraud (419), drug trafficking, armed robberies, and the threat of a military coup, the government must empower the National Security Agency (NSA) and all other security agencies with the authority and funding to be proactive in the fight against all types of insurgency capable of destabilizing the country. Details

 

Nigeria: Voodoo Security (Part II). By Clement Ikpatt

(GAMJI)

As a result of in-built flaws allowed by set-up design, there is no way the NPF can prevent “inside” dysfunction because she is set-up dysfunctional. The NPF will have to stop herself from operating in order to stop corruption or lack of accountability. This is so because she, by default, is set-up to be corrupt and unaccountable. That is why no single internal reform of the Police works satisfactorily. Details

 

Fulanis, Yorubas, Islam and Political Power in Nigeria : Re: The Role of "Resource Control" and Restructuring in the Political Economy of Nigeria By Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa . By Femi Awoniyi

[GERMANY] 

(GAMJI)

It is always difficult to inhabit the same plane of logic with a Fulani hence you can hardly argue with him. On the one hand Ado-Kurawa disparages ethnic politics and on the other, he repeatedly mentions what the ”North” must do to keep together! He would attack Afenifere and Ohaneze and describe the South-South or Niger Delta nationalism as misled, but he would swear that Northern unity is unbreakable! Details

 

The Trend Towards Rwandisation of Nigeria Must be Halted. By DrSani Aminu

(GAMJI)

In the mid to late 90s highway armed robbery and communal killings became rampant in the North and indeed the whole country. The advent of democratic governance instead of making Nigerians sober, infact made some to take advantage of the new “found freedom” to push towards Rwandisation of our great country. Details

 

Friday Discourse (109): Ige and Nemesis. By Dr. Aliyu Tilde

(GAMJI)

I now feel free, as many writers from this part [northern] of the country started doing last week, to bend down for picking the bits and pieces of bitter lessons he [Bola Ige] left behind for the living... A person like Ige, who made a 'deliberate choice' to become a tribal hero, would only feel insulted if he learns, while in his grave, that he was accorded the position of a nationalist. Details

 

Ethnocentrism: A gateway to Extremism. By Abdulsalam Olatubosun Ajetunmobi

(GAMJI)

With the current manifestations of emotionally charged feelings and deep beliefs of the people towards the gruesome murder of Chief Bola Ige, I think that it is time we grappled with the real issues and forged a better understanding of the situation we are in at the moment. It appears as if the traits of ethnicity that set us aside as Nigerian citizens are being emphasised much more than the social harmony and individual rights we ought to be pursuing. Details

 

From The Barrel of a Gun: The Benue Genocide and Nigeria's Concept of Peacekeeping. By William Etim-Bassey

(GAMJI)

One thing I picked out in the Benue reprisal killings was that the Nigerian Armed Forces for once before the initial murder of the 7 peacekeepers toyed with the concept of ROE- Rules of Engagement. Apparently they got their fingers burnt thus the reprisal in killing. My take is, If in ordinary interaction, there’s always a projection of “muscularity” by way of imposition of will. How will the average Nigerian soldier react in a changeling situation such as that in Benue before the reprisal killings? We all know most Nigerian soldier have an above the law attitude. Details

 

Western Media and Dangerous Stereotypes. By Wole Akande

(GAMJI)

Surely, there can be no doubt that pictures are worth a thousand words! In what is bound to be a controversial report, the VSO (Voluntary Service Organization - a UK based Development Agency) suggests that the images of wretchedness in the developing world projected by the electronic media and Western Aid charities is both dangerous and misleading. Details

 

Ethnic Cleansing Hausa/Fulani in Delimma. By Ahmed Tafida Jalingo

[KADUNA]

I am convinced that as much as there are communal and religious crises in the federation in this political dispensation, right from the OPC onslaught on Hausa traders in Ketu and on and on except the carnage in Ile Ife and Ogoniland all the others are targeted at the Hausa/Fulani. Either in Zango, Kaduna, Ilorin, Tafawa Balewa, and Kaltungo or in Mambila, the victim is always the Hausa/Fulani, irrespective of the colouring the press and government might give the incident and situation. Details

 

Injustice in Hausa Service of the Voice of Ameria: An Open Letter to VOA Director-General. From Malam Isuhu Ado

[KANO, NIGERIA]

VOA is not established to work for ethnic and religious bigots rather to promote understanding among peoples and nations, to extend and export American spirit of freedom and democracy. Sunday Dare is at the VOA to destroy it. The earlier you investigate the matter the better. Details

 

The Courage to Think and Talk about Death. By  Stephen Lampe

Death is actively on the prowl in Nigeria. And the country has become a fertile ground for it, on account of recurrent incidents of violence between ethnic and religious groups and even among political party members and business associates. In our environment of low morality, grossly inadequate policing, and unsophisticated security services, death has been reaping huge harvests, claiming lots of victims. Details

 

Letter to Mr. President. By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER) 

Sir, if OPC/Afenifere want to add Kwara State to the planned Oduduwa Republic, which Dr Adegbite gladly warned against, do kindly ask them to also add to the forthcoming republic those portions of our neighbours where the sons of Oduduwa reside. Then they should hands off the Ijaw portion of Ondo State and surrender same to the Niger Delta. Details

 

The Gunslinger from Adamawa. By Babayola Muhammadu Toungo

[KADUNA]

Zadok, we all thought was destined for greater things from his University days when he took on the University authorities on behalf of students.  Thereafter, his posturings at the national and state level marked him out for leadership roles – he feigned (now we know) to be detribalised and possesses a tremendous capacity for religious tolerance.  We thought we will never see day he will join the ranks of those that make tribalism, ethnicity, religiosity and other such crudity as their trademark.  Alas, Zadok proved us wrong.

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Mr. President, Dishonourable Speaker . By  Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo

Obasanjo is a liar. He is a wily old man. He should just respect his age and tell the Nigerian people the truth about what happened. He should not try to rope me in because anyone who has had contact with me knows that I am not a wily character. Obj knows that the Nigerian people are tired of his antics and like a drowning man he is seeking someone to drown with him.  - Ghali Umar Na'Abba. Details

 

RE: Fulani Oligarchy and the Death of Bola Ige. By D. S. Dauda, M.D.

[UKRAINE]

(GAMJI)

Try as I may, I have nothing good to say on Chief Ige. Fortunately, within his lifetime the man has written and said more than enough to let us know exactly where he stood. Dr. Abubakar Siddique Mohammed of the Centre for Democratic Development Research and Training (CEDDERT), Zaria in his article titled "Chief Bola Ige and the Destabilisation of Nigeria", the contents of which are  available  on Ceddert's Details

 

An Open New Year Message to Nigerians: A Reflection on Sovereign Conferences. By Sam Abbd Israel

(GAMJI)

In essence, this writer will like to suggest that Nigerians should declare Year 2002 as the National Year of Sovereign Conferences. But rather than start with a National Sovereign Conference, let each member of the polity start with personal research as to the true meaning of sovereign and sovereignty. Details

 

Mohammed Wailare Misrepresented the facts. By James B. Kantiok, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

I understand with you that Abubakar Rimi is your hero, so was he my hero at one time until he became fanatical.  I would refer you to the 1978 debate in the Constituent Assembly to which Rimi was the secretary.  When the Muslim minority walked out in protest against the Christian majority's attempt to strike out the Shari a clause from the draft constitution, Rimi described what remained of the Constituent Assembly in contemptuous term as a "rump." Details

 

Ige and National Security. By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER)

The former Attorney General and Minister for Justice did not deserve to die in the hands of any Yorubaman and for that matter among his people. He was Yoruba personified. Long before we knew those who are today claiming to be the champions of the Yoruba interest, Chief Ige had been doing that for several years...His preachment of Yoruba supremacy, his dedication to their cause, his promotion of their values, his unflinching dedication to their interest and his commitment to what they stand for made him a shining star among his Yoruba peers. Details

 

Petroleum Subsidy In Nigeria: Myth or Reality? By Hussaini Usman Malami

[USMANU DANFODIYO UNIVERSITY, SOKOTO, NIGERIA]

(GAMJI)

If what the government is doing, is what is called “improving the economy and the economic condition of the common man”, the Nigerian mass is now boldly telling the government that he is no longer interested in its attempt to “improve the economy and his living standard”. But rather, he prefers the government to “worsen the economy and his living   condition”, so that he will taste both the two sides of the opposing issues and see for himself which is better and make a choice, if at all he has the right to do so. Details

 

Ethnic Identity and National PoliticsBy Stephen Lampe

(GAMJI)

Many commentators on Chief Bola Ige’s intense engagement in national politics have either reviled or praised him on his unabashed identification with and support for his Yoruba ethnic group. To clarify the issues involved, one may ask: Should one renounce, or at least play down one’s ethnic identity in order to be considered qualified for national leadership? Details

Restructuring the Ill-fated Political Structure of Nigeria: A n Open Letter to President Olusegun Obasanjo. From Sam Abbd Israel

(GAMJI)

The present structure of FGN should not be allowed to continue beyond the tenure of your presidency. There is no other reason for your return to the presidency of Nigeria other than to set into motion the processes of dismantling the illegal structure called FGN. This is the divine purpose why Heaven has given you a second chance to redeem Nigeria and point it in the direction of justice. Details

 

Nigeria: Voodoo Security (PART 1). By Clement Ikpatt

(GAMJI)

The Nigeria Police Force is lawless. I am not only indicating the habitual penchant for extortion, simple offences and misdemeanors. I mean a routine and worsening habit of blatant human rights abuses, murders and other incredible felonies. In a recent treatment, Dr. Aluko eloquently indicated some. That treatment is available at gamji.com website. Details

 

The Nigerian Fuel Rise, Economic Stagnation and Unpopular Policies. By Rev. Fr. Anthony Agbali

(GAMJI)

In a Nigeria where governments finds it difficult to pay even the minimum wage and salaries promptly Obasanjo thinks that to stimulate the economy is to increase gas pump prices. I think it is a faulty way of thinking. What is happening to tax payment in Nigeria? Oil should not be the only means of generating state revenue. Details

 

MID-WEEK ESSAY: Before We Applaud Over Electoral Law Reversal…..By    Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.   

[MARYLAND USA]

(GAMJI WRITER) 

It is now clear that the federal government leadership, starting from President Obasanjo, followed by Senate President Anyim, House Speaker Na’Abba and a coterie of others are steadily eating their words over the recently enacted Electoral Law 2001. Details

 

Lest We Forget, There is a Logic to the Order of Election: Do Not Abandon or Reverse it. By   Professor Omo Omoruyi  

(GAMJI)

There seems to be a consensus on the need to restore the rights of Nigerians to freely associate and form political parties of their choice.   If the National Assembly could make do its plan to roll back the fraud inflicted on the Nigerian people by Professor Osunbor in collusion with the Presidency, the battle to ensure a level playing field for participants should not end there.  Details

 

Goodbye, VOA Hausa Service. By Dr. Aliyu Tilde

[PICTURE SOURCE: VOA WEBSITE]

(GAMJI)

One of the foreign channels broadcasting in Hausa is about shooting itself in the foot. It is the Hausa Service of the Voice of America. If care is not taken it will lose it second largest overseas audience in the world. A combination of ethnic, religious and political forces from this country have recently influenced the station in the aftermath of the shift of power to the South.  These forces have found support from the Christian establishment after the recent ethno-religious crisis in Jos and the September 11 attacks on America Details

 

The Bungling Burden of History. By Paul Mamza

[AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI WRITER)

With the various exaggerated accusations against the past regimes especially that of late General Sani Abacha there's fall - short of an achievable fact; when compared with the silence of conspiracy of the press in favour of the Obasanjo's government.  Those of us who genuinely present the euphemism of the situation were treated with a highly evanescent escutcheon of a sensible epigrammatism.  Details

 

Sucking the Blood of the Sucklers. By Paul Mamza

[AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI WRITER)

The   leader of the terrorist group, the OPC, Mr. Ganiyu Adams stated in an exclusive interview with Sunday Tribune of 30th December, 2001 at Badagry, Lagos that about 44 prominent Nigerians of Yoruba origin have been slated for execution and called on the federal government to act fast to prevent more bloodshed. If what the OPC leader said is to be taken seriously then it means that the orgy of political killings is yet to start in Nigeria. Details

 

Monday Quarter-Backing: Security, Immunity, Impunity. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

[MARYLAND USA]

(GAMJI WRITER)

The actual situation right now in Nigeria is that the police numbers are not adequate; those that are there are inadequately trained (e.g. for patrol and in legal matters); inadequately sensitized to local matters (as in community policing); inadequately/irregularly paid; inadequately kitted (by way of uniforms, transportation and telecommunication) and hence inadequately motivated.  The outcome is where we find ourselves today, where the Chief Law Officer of the land is killed in his own bedroom, despite all the early warning signs about the danger that he was in... Details

 

Stepping on their Toes. By Hannatu Mohammed

(GAMJI)

Now let me briefly respond to what one Abdulrazak Bello-Barkindo said in his article in which he called the VOA as Voice of Arewa. I would prefer to call it Voice of Afenefere. I can understand him for defending his close friend, Sunday Dare.  I will not debate the humility or otherwise of Mr. Dare, because I didn’t know him. And I will not comment on his qualification to get the job. Details

 

Fulani Oligarchy and the death of Bola Ige . By Femi Awoniyi

[GERMANY]  

(GAMJI)

Fulanis hated Bola Ige for he understood the mechanism of their dominance in Nigeria. He’s therefore held responsible by the Fulani power elite for what they perceive as the “anti-North” policies of the government. Of course, the President makes no policies against the North, but the interest of the Fulani Oligarchy is deceitfully called the “interest of the North” by Fulanis. Details

 

Solution to the Crisis Over Electoral Act: No Self-Succession of Obasanjo. By Professor Omo Omoruyi

(GAMJI)

The handwriting on the wall should have been obvious to Baba by now.   The situation in 2003 would be worse than the previous election because of the enormity of the lingering political crises, which would be exacerbated by the manner in which the Election would be rigged from the Pre-Election Activities. Details

 

Questions for an Islamic Scholar: A Response to Ibanga. By Ahmad A. Gummi

(GAMJI)

Unfortunately most of the questions raised by Christian evangelist when debating on Islam do hardly exceed the boundaries of such sophistry. This beside the blunders and their wrong assertions in both the Islamic and Christian theology as it relates to Islam and its scholarship. There is none in history to date, any orientalist that has proven his wits in comprehending Islam from its proper perspective. Details

 

Bullies in a Democracy. By Abubakar Jika

(GAMJI WRITER)

I have the feeling of dejuvure, the way I felt when Abacha got his five parties to adopt him as sole candidate. Obasanjo does not want to be compared to Abacha. But I am afraid more and more Nigerians, from media reports see Obasanjo as a counterfeit copy of Abacha. Abacha appeared to many as having more finesse and tact. He did not outlawed parties. He registered five parties. Details

 

Who Killed Bola Ige? By Ahmad Tafida Jalingo

[KADUNA]

(GAMJI)

We the Northerners will be treated unfairly to be said to have been relieved with the death of the Cicero of Asa oke for one thing, we enjoyed his political treatise, junkie columns in the newspapers the confusion of purpose and the vast knowledge of application of priorities in the national politics,... Details

 

Terrorism, Obasanjo and Assassination of Bola Ige - Back to Reality. BY Zaiyol Karl

(GAMJI)

Now, just as the Nigerian Government hypocritically questions what went wrong with Mr. Ige's security detail, so are the Odi and Benue villagers questioning, what has become of the Nigerian army, that, instead of defending them as citizens of Nigeria, they are routinely deployed by the Government to kill them. What then is Mr. Obasanjo's definition of security? Details

 

James B. Kantiok: Learn to be Honest. By Mohammed Wailare

(GAMJI)

This liar called Kantiok went ahead in his effort of rewriting history and shameless distortion of facts to state that Moslems are not the majority in the Nigerian population. I personally believe that it actually doesn't  matter who has the majority, Christians or Moslems, what really matters is the peaceful coexistence between people of different faiths in our society, but facts are sacred and I would like to refer Mr. Kantiok to the CIA- world factbook. Details

 

Tribalism as a Fortress. By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER)

Nothing was not said about ethnic cleansing because Abacha allegedly hated a particular tribe. The relevance of the decree in recovering customers’ deposits and restoring confidence in the banking system, was roundly ignored in favour of “tribal shadow.” Ethnic fortress was employed to protect those who clearly committed fraud. And the accusers were the greater beneficiaries of the so-called ethnic cleansing of the banks’. You begin to wonder whether Nigerians could be sensible.

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2003: We Are Vindicated. By Abubakar Jika

(GAMJI WRITER)

This electoral bill is in my view the final expose of Yoruba political loud mouth: they fear competition. They fear free and fair contest. This may turn out to be the political graveyards of many. It is an avoidable tragedy and a great political miscalculation. Some of us consistently argued that the Obasanjo regime has failed. That the PDP has squandered its political good will. Details

 

The Flip-Side of Uncle Ige's Killing. By Tokunbo Awoshakin

[Washington D.C.]

(GAMJI)

"Who is safe in Nigeria? " Given the fact that we may have to wait for a long time to get an answer to that question, Nigerians here are dwelling on other implications of the killing of Bola Ige. People are concerned not only about the implication for security of live but also for the survival of the nascent democracy which is all of a sudden being trailed by violence and bloodshed, even, inside the building where laws are supposed to be made. Details

 

Sunday Dare And The Voice of Arewa. By Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo

By denying us access to variety in our society, Gwangwazo and Hannatu are saying that we are free to exist only so long as we agree with them. Criticising Sunday Dare on ethnic grounds is like denying those who do not read the English newspapers and magazines the view from across the Niger. It is important for our people to know that the Gwangwazos and Hannatus among us portend more danger to our society than any single Yorubaman at the VOA would or ever could be.  Details

 

The West's So-called Civilisation. By Umar Bello

(GAMJI)

The Western World is indeed far from even the fringes of sane civilisation.  The technology, which they pride themselves on having acquired, has strayed off from the course of human progress to that of human destruction.  Their materialistic world has thrown off the garb of human essence, and has laid man bare to his unoreinted self, an animal. Details

 

Arise, O Rude Compatriots! By M. O. Ené

(GAMJI)

To this day, Benjamin Adekunle still salutes Odumegwu-Ojukwu and calls him "my oga," even though he won't stop reminding you that Odumegwu-Ojukwu failed him in practical warfare exam or something, but he beat the man's army in Port Harcourt a few years later. Fair enough, a man can always beat his chest -- superior firepower or not, mercenary or none. Details

 

Eighteen Answers for Seventeen Questions: Response to N.H. Ibanga. By Abdul Basit Mukhtar

(GAMJI)

It seemed to me that you are genuinely not searching for the truth, but merely intent on spreading falsehood. For it is patently clear from your unnumbered question, which you chose to answer yourself and from your conclusion, that you, in order to be read, have employed the ‘reader trap’ technique as Joseph Conrad did in his Heart of Darkness. Thus to substitute light for darkness, I provide the following seventeen answers. Details

 

PDP USA Mourns Bola Ige. By Tai Balofin

(GAMJI)

All of us need to be steadfast in the way chief Bola Ige has been. One of the virtues for which we shall always remember him in this respect is the clarity with which he saw the Nigerian situation. He was exceedingly conscious of the nature of the legacy that was handed over to us by our leader and which we should all strive to hand down untainted to another generation. Details

 

MID-WEEK ESSAY: The Death of Uncle Bola Ige. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, PhD 

[MARYLAND, USA]

(GAMJI WRITER)

For over two months now since reading my political tea-leaves anew, I have had this omen, this premonition of a unique kind of coup in Nigeria. God knows that I have told a number of people about it: a desperate  “coup” to cleanse the land of impunity,   in which the military will not take over, but rather a SIMULTANEOUS set of killings all over Nigeria  would occur that would stand constitutional order on its head. Details

 

Hannatu Mohammed: Get Your Facts Right . By James B. Kantiok, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

Ms. Mohammed are you not also contradicting yourself again when you say there is no single Hausa Christian broadcaster in Radio Nigeria (FRCN) Kaduna.  The fact that there is no single Hausa Christian broadcaster in a federal establishment simply confirms Mr. Madugu's claim that Hausa Muslims are "contemptuous of…Hausa Christians."   Other wise why are you bragging about the absence of Hausa Christians in FRCN Kaduna?  Details

 

The Worsening Terrain: Terrace of Villains, Assault and Assassination. By Rev. Fr. Anthony Agbali

(GAMJI)

This domestication of homegrown terrorism has manifested itself in many forms since the coming of the present regime. While we do not put the entire blame at the foot step of President Obasanjo, since the militarization of our psyche since 1983 have helped to bring that about, we must note that the unfortunate folding of hands standing akimbo when human lives were decimated in OPC, Sharia related and other ethnic killing did not help to grant Nigerians any form of security. Details

 

Ige Reaped What He Sow. By Maria Dogo

(GAMJI)

It is of essence and timely to comment that, God Almighty in his own way of ensuring fair play has ridden the country of one Obasanjo Government Official that the Nigerian President could not let go, despite his repeated offences brought to the light by members of his own party and government.  We have to understand and come to terms with reality in Nigerian Politics.  Olusegun Obasanjo, The Nigerian President, has got his wings clipped by members of his own ethnic group, in their blind hatred for anything not Yoruba. Details

 

His Master’s Voice. By N. H. Ibanga

(GAMJI)

One would have thought that given the universal acceptance of the primary reason for the existence of this service, the arguments would quickly have veered off to the more important consideration. That is, WHEN ARE WE GOING TO SET UP THE VOICE OF NIGERIA (BRITISH OR AMERICAN) SERVICE to put forward Nigeria’s position to their target foreign audiences? This service would advance Nigeria’s interests which may or may not coincide with American or British interests. Details

 

Bola Ige et. al. By Nnamdi Ezeruo

(GAMJI)

Permit me to make brief comments about the above three articles appearing on your widely read newsprints. A city that is divided among it shall fall. Fellow Nigerians, we definitely need anger management training and counseling. Any action taken out of anger breeds regrets. Details

 

Questions for an Islamic Scholar. By N. H. Ibanga

(GAMJI)

Mohammed did not write the Quran. Someone else consolidated his sayings from numerous sources after his death. Are we to simply take your word for it that it has not been corrupted? How can you prove that the person who consolidated the sayings in one book did not discard a version of a saying that he did not particularly care for? Details

 

Danjuma Madugu's Real Target is not Hausas in VOA Hausa Service. By  Hannatu Mohammed

(GAMJI)

But again, I will tell Madugu that Hausa is a language of the Hausas, and whether he likes it or not a Yoruba or Birom or Jukum or Tiv can never claim superiority to a Hausa man in Hausa language. I should also remind Madugu that just because you can speak a language as a secondary language that does not mean that you can speak it better the natives. Details

 

Nigerians Abroad: Lost Resources or Untapped Potential? By Wole Akande

(GAMJI)

Policymakers of all Nigerian Governments should also consider non-fiscal incentives that take advantage of the desire of Nigerians abroad to be seen supporting their homeland. These might include high-profile awards that publicize the contributions and investments that have been made by Nigerians resident overseas. One award might recognize investment dollars, for example; another, jobs created. For many successful Nigerians residing outside the country, honours of this kind can be a prime motivator. Details

 

"2003 Wild Goose Chase". By Odindu Odunze Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

[USA]

Whenever Ojukwu opens his mouth he does so with some vim of absolutism that would make you believe that all Igbo leadership organizations, vis-à-vis Ohaneze, Odenigbo, Igboezue, Obigbo and Pan Igbo Forum are all under his command. Yet I have not read about any of these organizations capitulating to Ojukwu's supreme command. Details

 

Immigration to Canada-Hopes May Get Dashed. By Johnson Babalola

(GAMJI)

Canada’s immigration law and regulations will undergo some changes from June 2002. While some of the proposed changes are welcome by immigration applicants and practitioners, other aspects of the proposed rules may get some applicants (that would have made it under the old rules) disqualified. This is because the Canadian immigration department plans to apply the new rules retroactively. Details

 

Christmas Message 2001: Welcoming Christ's Gift of Peace.  By John Onaiyekan

[Archbishop of Abuja]

(GAMJI)

But at this Christmas 2001, what we see around us seems to indicate otherwise. Since the horrible events of September 11, 2001 in New York and Washington, the world has witnessed one form of terrorism after the other. Our planet has become so much less safe today than it was a year ago. How is Christmas in Afganistan this year?  In Palestine, Israel, the land of Jesus himself, it is the rumble of bombs and guns that fills the air in the fields of Judea, instead of the sweet song of the angels. Details

  

The Star of Bethlehem Was A Comet. By Stephen Lampe

(GAMJI)

Professor Humphreys theorizes that the Magi recounted to Herod not only the appearance of the comet but also described the significance of the planetary massing in 6 BC and the triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in May, October and December of 7 BC. Herod, leaving nothing to chance, decided to kill all boys born since the first stage of the triple conjunction in May 7 BC, i.e. two years previously.

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Saving VOA Hausa Service from Jihadist Tendencies. By Danjuma Madugu

(GAMJI)

Gwangwazo must also be living in a fool's paradise to have said that Dare could not speak or read Hausa. Here is a man who was born and raised in the North. He understands and speaks Hausa at a very comfortable level. Of course for Dare's role, what comes first is not language qualification alone, but professionalism and editorial competence. What the VOA now has in Dare is a manager with the proven skills of a professional and who at once also understands intensely the language, culture and politics of the north of Nigeria, just as  he does understands the entire country. Details

 

The Refutation of "Rushdie -fication":  Annotating Safiya's Diary. By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

(GAMJI WRITER)

I feel a little sorry for some of the contributors to this debate. They seem  afraid that somehow Islam or Muslims will suffer from a robust debate on the  implementation of Shariah. Islam is not a creaking, time-barnacled barque  that will crack at the first signs of rough weather. To quote Tolstoy yet  again, "Nothing true and good can be destroyed by the realisation of truth,  but will only be freed from the alloy of falsehood!" Details

 

For Yorubas Only. By Benjamin U Nwosu, MD  

(GAMJI)

The question we want to ask is this: Are the Yorubas happy? The answer depends on whom you ask. Obasanjo’s politics has divided the Yoruba nation into three major factions: Ardent supporters of his politics, ardent antagonists of his politics, and those who don’t care. Details

 

The Metaphysical Worthiness of a Name. By Henry A. Nwokolo

(GAMJI)

Let us all awaken to our names. Let us all take a reflective journey and understand the greatness of our names and to question the shortcomings that it may contain. Let Olusegun act his name and be the anointed that seeks no approval but works in honesty to achieve the "truth." Let us understand the sacrifices of our dear Moshood who sprung above the name Kashimawo (let us wait and see) and he really gave us something to "see." Details

 

Of Cant and Fairy Tales: Ernest Shonekan Sings. By Ibiyinka Solarin

(GAMJI)

According to Shonekan, it was not Ibrahim Babangida who appointed him the chairman of the Transitional Council, ‘I must say that when I was chosen as the chairman of  the Transitional Council, it was a unanimous vote by my other members. I didn’t campaign for it at all, they just decided that there must something in me. I was almost the youngest of the lot. So,when people say that Babangida was the one who appointed me, ‘I say no it was not Babangida but a unanimous vote of all the members who decided that I should be the one to lead them’. Details

 

Livestock Transportation and Marketing in Nigeria. By Ismail Iro, Ph.D.

(FOUNDER, GAMJI.COM)

[USA]

The Fulani have often been described as people without the need for automotive transportation. That claim is correct when applied to the slow and treacherous movement of animals from one grazing location to another. The claim is, however, incorrect when applied to the extensive use of trains and lorries to convey animals to the market. Details

 

A Christmas Gift for Mr. President. By  Paul Mamza

(GAMJI)

Mr. president, you aware  that many people had tagged you a born-Again Christian and because of that I prefer to take you up along the religious plane in offering the advice to you. You are also aware that many people believed that no single Nigerian had your experiences, and credentials as of the time of your second coming as the President of this our great country, even though I  differ with such people right from  the onset because my wisdom tells me that your arrest and detention by the Late General  Sani Abacha will make you vindictive with an instrument of power in your hands. Details

 

1993, 1998 and 2001: Continuity in the Betrayal of Democratic Rights of Nigerians Thrice Within 10 Years. By Omonhiomwan Omoruyi

(GAMJI)

From the foregoing, President Obasanjo should allow the Nigerian people to express themselves as often as possible through the staggered election. President Obasanjo should not use the fake security reports of heaven would fall, if there were elections in over 700 locations in Nigeria in 2002.   And so what? Is this not the work of government to prevent civil unrest?   Maybe a local election would resolve many issues. Details

 

The Electoral Act and Nigerian Democracy. By  Barrister Gani T.O.

(GAMJI)

The sudden, unconstitutional, carpet-crossings rather than registering new political parties reflect the plan that INEC, as a weapon, is not going to allow popular participation in the forthcoming elections. Or is this in furtherance of 'privatization'? Details

 

MONDAY QUARTER-BACKING: On the Electoral Law 2001, Election Re-Ordering and LG Tenure. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

[MARYLAND, USA]

(GAMJI WRITER)

In this essay, I recommend inter-alia that the State Assemblies should positively legislate immediately that effective 2003 all local government elections – which are to be organized, undertaken and supervised by SIECs - will  be for four-year tenure of officials.  However, legislation should include language that such elections  should be held at a date no later than two weeks before Federal and State elections that are “organized, undertaken and supervised” by INEC. Details

 

Osuolale Richarch Akinjide: The Education of a Public Man. By Ibiyinka Solarin

(GAMJI) 

Chief Akinjide also made another statement in which he said the lot of the Yoruba would have been different if he had been in the same party as Chief Awolowo. He also said he apologized in advance for making this statement. I was tempted to dismiss this as misplaced hubris. On reflection, I thought not, but I cannot say I am able to explain it. Details

 

The Shredding of Nigeria: The Abuse of Minorities, their Humanity and the Future of Nigeria. By Rev. Fr. Anthony Agbali

(GAMJI) 

Finally, the problem of Nigeria is the problem of the integration of its diverse polity, the resolution of the Nigerian minority question holds the key to the continuous survival of Nigeria. That is why, reading the news that the Americans in their shopping for a President for Nigeria are making three mistakes. Details

 

Muzzling the Media and Other Matters. By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER)

In its edition of December 4, 2001, Daily Trust, in a front page lead reports that, ‘The Executive Director of FRCN Kaduna, has been queried over a radio phone-in-programme, Hannu Da Yawa, which featured PDP presidential aspirant Dr. Mohammadu Abubakar Rimi.” The report adds that “Rimi had paid FRCN over N10 million to be featured in the…programme over a one year period.” But that “… only one programme was aired before (it) was stopped by FRCN Director General Mr. Eddie Iroh.” Consequent upon this, says the report, ‘the files of all top management staff in Kaduna” had been requested for, “…preparatory to some impending disciplinary action.” Details

 

The History of Igala Kingdom (As told by oral historians). Compiled by Atayi Ezekiel Babs-Opaluwah

[UNIVERSITY OF JOS]

(GAMJI)

Also interesting to note is the fact that, that singular victory of the Igalas over the Jukuns is responsible for the fear and awe that the Jukuns hold the Igalas today. The fear is so much that there is no single Jukun man/woman living in any part of Igala land to this day Details

 

Obasanjo's Different Personas. By Babayola Muhammadu Toungo

[KADUNA]

(GAMJI) 

Since the second coming of Olusegun Obasanjo as Nigeria’s leader after a spell in the gaol for coup plotting (anyway just for being an accessory after the fact) he is becoming so fascinated with other people that he is beginning to act and sound like them.  Our same Obasanjo that once wanted to know from General Gowon what he forgot in State House to warrant his contesting to lead Nigeria again, is now fighting dirty to win the forthcoming election of 2003. Details

 

Professor Bade Onimode on Fiscal Federalism in Nigeria. By Stephen Lampe

(GAMJI) 

A phase in the existence of the human spirit who bore the name Bade Onimode came to an end on Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at the National Hospital in Abuja. Bade Onimode was a Professor of Political Economy and a onetime Deputy Vice Chancellor with responsibility for academic affairs at the University of Ibadan. Details

 

Consensus Building in the North.  By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER)

In some families, we have brothers and sisters of the same parents who belong to either of the two religions. Dan Suleiman, inspite of himself is a typical example, being the only Christian in his family. A former Governor of  Katsina State Col. Yahaya Madaki, is yet another as both parents and all brothers are Muslims. He not only sponsored his parents to Mecca, but built a Mosque in his village. Such is the religious composition of the people in the region. Details

 

FRIDAY ESSAY:   Electoral Act Maneuvers Most Unconstitutional. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D. Burtonsville, MD, USA

(GAMJI WRITER)

The Electoral Law 2001 is unconstitutional, and the procedure for arriving at it was unconstitutional, period. It should be reconsidered by the National Assembly at its earliest convenience. Let us pray that cool heads prevail. Details

 

The Undemocratic Electoral Act Must be Resisted with All Our Might. By Lanre Banjo

(GAMJI)

My fellow countrymen and women, you have suffered enough.  The children of those who are supposed to be serving you are abroad and the ones in Nigeria are living in opulence.  Obasanjo and his company created the situation where you are being supplied with adulterated kerosene. This is in addition to the death trapped roads all over the nation that are taking the lives of your children Details

 

Dear General President: Please Talk and Walk. By M. O. Ené

[NJ, USA]

(GAMJI)

General President, it is so sad that we all jump up whenever Biafra is mentioned. Biafra lives in all the nationalist movements from Niger Delta through Gani Adams’ OPC to Tivland. The state of Sharia suggests de jure secession; the same Sharia you thought would fizzle out -- it hasn’t. Your Yoruba kinsmen have planted Oduduwa constitution and a flag to match. We should sometimes stop and ask a simple question: Why? The answer, sir, is so simple it is incredible: the problems that led to Biafra are still with us. The only place to resolve them is at a conference of the various nationalities that are seeking separation either by refusing to share the bed or by simply edging the other out of the family fortune. Details

 

Christian Fundamentalist Media Terrorism Against VOA Hausa Staff. By Kabiru Muhammad Gwangwazo

(GAMJI)

Barry had asked me whether I would file a report on the unlikely event of prostitutes demonstrating in front of the emir's palace in Kano demanding for their rights or whatever. And (un-expectedly (?) for an MA Journalism Graduate of a British University) I had expressed my reservations about passing such a report, taking cover behind cultural and religious sensibilities. Barry had gleefully advised me that that was the kind of report that would make him happy. Details

Obasanjo's Use of Army for Political Survival: A Recipe for Disaster. By Professor Omo Omoruyi

(GAMJI)  

Let me leave President Obasanjo with one message.   Increasing participation of the army in domestic crisis would make the army an integral part of the political process and erode the power of civilian institutions.   The army as an actor in the political process would only lead to undue dependence of the President on the army and less on the civilian political actors.   This is the situation Nigeria is increasingly finding itself today. Details

 

Revisiting Cause and Effect Relations in Dr. Umez's Article "The ultimate casualty in Nigeria". By Ify Maduka

[MOSCOW RUSSIA]

(GAMJI

In my own opinion, the first step to take is to widen the audience of the current discussion in the Diaspora. The aim is to fight ignorance and create awareness. The better-informed people are, the more difficult it will be for these entrenched interests to have their ways. The first challenge is to involve as much Nigerians as possible in that discussion. The second thing is to reverse the politics in Nigeria that creates wealth for certain entrenched northern interests at the expense of other Nigerians. Details

 

A.B.U.’s New S.B.R.S.: Re-inventing Education in the North. By Paul Mamza

[AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI WRITER)

The late Sardauna never minced any word when he categorically stated in his inaugural speech on the occasion of his installation as Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University on the 23rd of November 1963 that it is a Northern University for Northerners. His evinced zeal and analytical prowess to translate the quest forms the cardinal principle upon which the University was founded as captured in his remark that "our character must reflect the needs, the traditions, the social and intellectual heritage of the land in which we live". Details

 

SUNDAY MUSINGS: The National Assembly, the President and the Electoral Law. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, PhD

[MARYLAND, USA]

(GAMJI WRITER)

Nigeria is a dangerous country to come from: if you decide to make yourself aware of what is going on there, you can have coronary thrombosis if you are not careful. One has to be careful. If it is not one thing, it is another. I have for example spent the last three weeks preparing to release four "arithmetical" policy articles

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Crying for Nigeria. By Ikenna E. Anokute  

[NEW YORK, NEW YORK]

(GAMJI)

Our country is an oil-rich Cinderella state that never quite made it to the ball. Our history is littered with horrible moments. The fate of a failed state, where the state had withered away completely and  only the system of corruption and nepotism now, hangs over Nigeria. As Nigerians, we ought to feel ashamed that our country is today the most corrupt nation on earth . Very rich in vast oil reserves, yet mercifully poor.

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Olusegun Obasanjo: Conduct Unbecoming of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. By Ibiyinka Solarin

(GAMJI)

Obasanjo is an ordinary man called upon to do an extra-ordinary thing, a rough hewn former soldier called upon to operate in a democratic setting, give hope to a people who have been ill-served by a succession of rogue elements and help us lay the foundation of a democratic society. Details

 

Critiquing the Nigerian Say! By Abdul Karim Obaje

(GAMJI)

I could not help been baffled when I read a report that the Nigerian Economic Summit group held sometime this year had no kind words for the Obasanjo’s government, a position which of course, as expected drew the ire of the second in command, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku. Details

 

The Oputa Panel v. Abubakar: A Forum for Vendetta, Witchhunt and

Character-Assassination. By  Chika Onyeani

(GAMJI)

Major Hamza al-Mustapha, we must remember, was the Chief of Security for the late Gen. Sani Abacha. He was the same person who told us that he would have become Head of State if he so wanted, that he could have shot Gen. Abubakar, if he so wanted, for sitting on Gen. Sani Abacha's chair, that other Generals were begging him to take over the reigns of government and become Head of State. Details

 

Where Modernism has Failed and Traditionalism has Thrived: A Look at Commercial Ranching and Fulani Herding System. By Ismail Iro, Ph.D.

[USA]

(FOUNDER GAMJI.COM)

First, contrary to expectations, the Fulani did not embrace ranching as the alternative to traditional pastoralism. Second, ranching did not raise the output of milk and meat. In fact, traditional pastoralism continued to record higher output per unit of land than commercial ranching. Third, the anticipated economic benefits of ranching did not materialize; rather, the prices of milk and meat from the ranch grew beyond the means of the ordinary citizens. Fourth, there was no evidence that ranching had facilitated the resettlement of the Fulani. Thus, the reality of pastoral formation in Nigeria, as in much of Africa, was that almost universally, a ranching scheme was a financial catastrophe. Details

 

Tale of Two Countries. By  Samuel Bayo Arowolaju

(GAMJI)

One of the greatest dangers in the unfolding developments in the north is the progressive ‘Talibanization’ of Nigeria. Now that the original Talibans of Afghnistan have been ‘unturbanned’ and disgraced out of the terrorist enclave, I have my fears that they might be given solace and regroup in the northern Nigeria. Details

 

Political Consequences of the New Electoral Law in Nigeria:One Party Dominance, Not DemocracyBy Professor Omo Omoruyi 

[BOSTON UNIVERSITY]  

(GAMJI)

The President's call to Nigerians dissatisfied with the new Bill to go to the Supreme Court betrays his political insensitivity to an essential political issue, which he refused when the issue of Sharia was first raised with him even though he reneged on that rule when it came to issue of resource control.   The President is indirectly asking Nigerians to take the impossible route of the Supreme Court to pursue their legitimate political demands. Details

 

MONDAY QUARTER-BACKING:  Advising Caesar:  President Obasanjo and His  2002 “Budget of Hard Times Ahead”. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

[PROFESSOR OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, HOWARD UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI WRITER)

I know that President Obasanjo has been angry lately,  and that I tread on dangerous grounds, but here I give unto Caesar – in this case, President Obasanjo – what I can: some critique and some pieces of  advice. In the event that President Obasanjo is a candidate for re-election, the performance of his 2002 Budget will be crucial in his re-election bid. In the event that he is no longer President after mid-2003, the present Year 2002 budget of Obasanjo is the last FULL-YEAR national budget that he will ever preside over. Details

 

"Every Savage Loves His Native Shore". By Odindu Odunze Ph.D.

[UTAH USA]

(GAMJI)

Please note that not every Igboman is expected to join the bandwagon for a new Biafra. Some Igbo leaders and intellectuals may oppose the idea and in the process purposely jeopardize their continued existence in Igboland because when African leaders disagree and want to kill, they often kill their best. Details

 

SATURDAY ESSAY:  The Senate and the Universal Basic Education Bill. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

[MARYLAND USA]

(GAMJI WRITER)

On the whole, the national expenditure on Education in our annual budgets should be significantly increased for ALL the states and monitored closely even before these designations of "disadvantageousness" are made, otherwise actions taken will be ineffective. One hopes that the House of Representatives and the President (who launched the UBE scheme itself in Sokoto back in September 1999) will consider this alternative policy proposition before it becomes law. Details

 

How Capitalism and Individualism Promote Humanitarianism. By  Stephen Lampe

(GAMJI)

Mr. Lindsey states that the citizens of the United States are the most generous donors to charitable causes because of their ethos of individualism. He argues that people who have imbibed the culture of individualism are, paradoxically, more generous than those who are communalistic; that capitalistic individuals are bigger givers than communists or socialists. Mr. Lindsey’s article was obviously intended to serve a public relations purpose. Details

 

Governor Osoba Should Stop Deceiving the Unwary on Creation of Ijebu State and Local Government in Ogun State. By Ogbeni Lanre Banjo

(GAMJI)

On behalf of the people of Ogun state and the NCP, I call on Governor Olusegun Osoba to be concerned more about the real problems of water, health, roads, housing, food, education, etc. afflicting our people rather than being pre-occupied with how to deceive the people with vote-catching empty and illusory promises. Details

 

Re-enacting Shariah in Nigeria. By Siraj Islam Mufti, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

About the Author: Siraj Islam Mufti, Ph.D. is a freelance writer on websites. He is retired from active service in the United States. The longest period of his service (22 years) has been at the University of Arizona as a professor in cancer research. His career includes 4 years (1963-1967) of service in Northern Nigeria; three of these as a manager of Ahmad and Ahmad Farm in Bakura (near Talata Mafara), owned by the late Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello and his son-in-law the late Ahmadu Danbaba Marafan Sokoto. Details

 

The Criminalization of Shari'a: A Wake-up Call to our Ulaamah and the Muslim Ummah.  By Muhammad Ali-Baba. Forwarded by Fela Ogunmodede

[ABUJA]

(GAMJI) 

I have watched, with pain and increasing anxiety, the never-ending controversies and contrived crises engendered by the introduction of the criminal legal aspects of Shari’a in some states of the Federation. It baffles me, to no end, how those Governments’ actions/inaction and utterances seem to, unwittingly, lend credence to Shari’a opponents who posit that the Shari’a was, after all, a political gimmick. Details

 

Afenifere: Game Over? By Dotun Oni

(GAMJI) 

Afenifere should have been Awolowo’s ideology personified rather it has become a battle ground for political adversary and conflicts enactment. The chieftains of Afenifere that should have re-engineered Yoruba politics have turned gerontocracy and senile to a metaphor for describing Yoruba Politics. Details

 

Muslims and New Realities in America. By Tokunbo Awoshakin

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]

(GAMJI) 

Recently, President George Bush, who continued the bombardment of Afghanistan, an Islamic nation even during the month of Ramadan as part of the "war against terrorism", played host to representatives of 53 mostly Muslim nations. Nigeria's Prof. Jubril Aminu attended this special Ramadan feast at the White House. Details

 

PDP, The Nation and Ndigbo. ByKelechi Eme

(GAMJI)

These are strange times for Nigeria and Nigerians. The Peoples Democratic Party has finally laid itself bare  to discerning Nigerians as a conglomerate of individuals and groups whose only agenda is to complete the pillaging of the nation's resources. Never in the history of mankind has an amalgamation of people sacrificed their consciences and principles because of Personal agrandisement. Details

 

Some Causes of Kano Riots and Solutions Based on Stimulating Economic Growth. By Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa

(GAMJI) 

Since May 1953 there have been many riots in Kano. The ferocity of these uprisings and the human and material cost has always increased. The nature of state and elite responses has also been consistent. The state always sets up a commission of inquiry with a promise that it will never allow such a thing to occur again. Details

 

Aluko and Obasanjo: Credibility and the Burden of Proof. By Prof. Mike Ikhariale

(GAMJI) 

How does the chief economic intelligence officer explain the huge quantity of hard currencies retrieved from the domestic estate of General Abacha? Even if he was in doubt at the beginning, with the series of glaring disclosures emanating from Switzerland, the UK and other places, is he still in doubt? Prof. Aluko, more than anyone else, has the best resources available to authoritatively confirm some of these revelations. Details

 

Middle Belt: The Awolowo connection. By  Ahmed Tafida Jalingo

[KADUNA]

(GAMJI) 

Chief Awolowo tried the might of the North in the First Republic, got frustrated and tried a coup plot which earned him the prison term he served. He used the period spent in gaol to work out a well-articulated plan for his captors, whom he reasoned gained their strength in numbers, numbers by virtue of the population of their domain. He gathered enough data on the region out of which he understood that, this population the Northern region is capitalising upon consists of a coalition of various minorities being led by the Hausa Fulani who in the real sense are more in the minority in the region itself. Details

 

Thank God Nigeria is in the the Group of Death! By BU Nwosu

(GAMJI) 

When I saw the match fix-up for the World cup next year, I thanked my stars that the Nigerian team ended up in that dreaded group. Imagine the line up: Sweden, Argentina, England, Nigeria. An array of soccer juggernauts. It is like a human wrestler being invited to the spirit world to wrestle against seven-headed giants. Details

 

The 2003 Phenomenon. By Paul Mamza

[AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI WRITER)

One cannot opt but to denounce the unpalatable comments of the likes of Waziri Adio against an elderstateman and an economist of high repute in person of Professor Sam Aluko for stating his state of mind about Abachanomics and its positive effects on the economic fortunes in Nigeria. Details

 

Remembering the Late Dr. Tai Solarin. By  Tokunbo Ojo

(GAMJI)

Uncle Tai's service to humanity through education will forever be remembered. Many dying Igbo children were grateful to Uncle Tai for saving them during the Civil War. He went into the battle field and "picked" many of these young folks. He enrolled them at Mayflower College, free of charge. Ironically, he spent 48 hours in detention because he condemned the state wedding of Col. Yakubu Gowon, then Nigeria's head of state, during the Civil War. Details

 

ABU Crisis: Sack Siddique Mohammed! By Femi Awoniyi

[SPEYER, GERMANY]

(GAMJI)

The opposition of the organisation, which was obviously mobilised by Siddique Mohammed, a Fulani, shows that it is representing the interests of Fulanis, thereby making a  mockery of  its self-professed commitment to protecting the interests of ALL Northerners. Details

 

The Talibans of Nigeria. By Tunde Adenodi

[NEW JERSEY, U.S.A.]

(GAMJI)

From Kano to Zamfara, and from Bauchi to Katsina, Arewa's talibans unleashed mayhem on their countrymen. Why? Because the Federal Government of Nigeria under Obasanjo supported the US action in Afghanistan. And who was the most qualified target of their anger? Their Ibo and Yoruba compatriots and all others who claim equal stake at the entity called Nigeria. Details

 

Grazing Reserve Development: A Panacea to the Intractable Strife Between Farmers and Herders. By Ismail Iro, Ph.D.

[Founder, gamji.com]

[USA]

(GAMJI)

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. Details

 

"You See, I Told You So". By Odindu Odunze Ph.D.

[UTAH, U.S.A.]

(GAMJI)

I do not believe that Mr. President Obasanjo and some Yorubas desire to usurp the larger share of what Nigeria has for the benefit of the Yorubas only. If they do, then they fall into the category of men who have been regimented to undermine the general aspirations of the native peoples of Nigeria, and they would be no better than the highway robbers. This is applicably true with any group that might get into power. Details

 

Building the Foundation for National Unity. By  Stephen Lampe

(GAMJI)

When a child has finished drinking his bottle of Coke, we may tell him that the bottle is empty. He will agree, and this is true for his age. But we may tell an older child that the bottle is not really empty, that nature does not permit a vacuum. The bottle is full of air. And again, this is true. And yet we can go on to tell an even more mature person, that the empty bottle contains more than one item; that it contains a mixture of many gases including nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide. Details

 

HIV/AIDS in Africa: Lessons Learned. By  Ronald Dellums, Jack Kemp, Chinua Akukwe, and Melvin Foote

(GAMJI)

For a disease that infects almost 600 people every hour worldwide and kills more than 60 children during the same time period, time indeed is of the essence.  It is even more urgent in Africa where more than 28 million people live with HIV/AIDS. In Africa, we must channel our creative energies into action to save lives and secure future generations. Details

 

Ascendancy of Irredentism. By Babayola Muhammadu Toungo [KADUNA]

(GAMJI)

The Tivs have been having a running battle with the Jukuns and the Fulanis for over five years around Wukari and its environs, yet nobody bothered to talk about it until the Jukuns, who have warrior traditions, decided to take the fight to the Tivs.  That is the only time that the Suswans of this world came out smoking fire. Details

 

In the Eye of the Storm: Critiquing the Critics of The Adulteress' Diary. By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

[LAGOS, NIGERIA]

(GAMJI WRITER)

The only way to understand the Diary is to take it, primarily and singularly, for what it is. The Diary is a work of satire....It was not a pornographic work, in spite of its graphic language. It was also not a work of jurisprudence, even if it marshalled arguments of law. It was a satire on northern society and particularly its hypocrisies and pretences. It criticised in particular the northern Muslim male and how he views and treats women, all the time justifying this treatment using the symbols and authority of religion. Details

 

Still on that “Adulteress’ Diary”.  By  Bashir Aliyu Umar

[ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY OF MADINA]

(GAMJI)

...there are a number of themes that recur consistently in several of Lamido’s articles on issues pertaining to Islam. The first is what I observed to be a very negative attitude towards the early Ulama, the Imams of Ijtihad, especially when they take judicial positions contrary to what he feels are the right ones...The second theme that consistently recurs in Lamido’s writings is what I see as an attempt to obscure the fact that there is an absolute and transcendental truth in Islam. The western world view which out of its fanatical and fundamentalist belief in relativity extends it to all spheres of universal phenomena, both physical and non-physical, do not see anything as absolute, and regards everything as relative. Details

 

Osu Caste System is an Cultural Albatross for Ndiigbo. By Okenwa R. Nwosu

[MARYLAND, U.S.A.]

(GAMJI)

Osu caste system is a sociocultural phenomenon rooted in pre-colonial religious practices of the Igbo people. Ndiigbo have a huge task ahead of them before they can rid their society of an unjust practice that has lingered beyond the sociocultural construct on which it was founded.

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Jerry Okaha, Leave Voice of America Hausa Service Alone, By

Hannatu Mohammed  

(GAMJI)

So for Mr. Okaha and Mr. Last to portray VOA Hausa as anti- America, or bias  or anti-Christians is nothing but a misrepresentation of facts, and inimical to the interests of the U.S. in Nigeria. The problem we have in Nigeria is that we have people like Jerry Okaha, who hate people for their ethnic or religious affiliations. He, Mr. Okaha, is the problem not VOA Hausa, and he must change his mind, and embrace Jesus for salvation. Details

 

Obasanjo Versus The Academia. By Prof. Mike Ikhariale

[MASSACHUSETTS]

(GAMJI)

Speaking in Calabar recently, the President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo tersely berated the Nigerian academia as represented by ASUU, in a language that was, for all intents and purposes, wholly unpresidential. In his own words, “Teachers are not performing in any reasonable degree. They are only interested in their pocket ...things have collapsed. We have to rehabilitate them”. Not done yet, he went on to throw the big verbal bomb to the effect that "lecturers are the bane of academic excellence in Nigeria. Details

 

Can Nigeria Survive? By Ikenna  E.  Anokute

[ NEW YORK]

(GAMJI)

Properly counted, Nigerians number 200 million on the face of the earth. That is our greatest asset . One in eight African is, by statistics a Nigerian. If there is one thing that can be said about Nigerians that has caused a lot of pain, and yet is historically true, it is that politically we are one of the most naïve people. The distrust among ourselves has marginalized our existence. Nigeria has the most talented black people on earth, yet we are the most  selfish. Details

 

The Epoch Maker.  By Umaru Isyaku 

[KANO] 

(GAMJI)

So now that we have assumed the impossibility of September 11, how can we now protect skyscrapers? If it were possible to change, I would have recommended still building vertically, but downwards below ground level this time round. That way the buildings will be safely out of harms way, and the new-age Kamikazes will have to think of something else as their options narrow down. Details

 

Reason: The Ultimate Casualty in Nigeria. By Bedford Nwabueze Umez, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

Why is mortality rate in Nigeria so high and alarming? Why is unemployment rate in Nigeria at an all time high, so distressing and very frightening? Why is Nigeria, a country ranked No. 6 in crude oil production reduced to a land of joblessness and seekers of handouts? Details

 

Barbarity Versus Brutality. By Paul Mamza

[AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI)

The Benue hyper-vibrant crisis had also demonstrated the tantrum of a remnant dissident army against a former truce of an expired constitutional authority. The destruction of the house of the erstwhile Chief of Army Staff Rtd. Lt. General Victor Malu is one pinch in the cacophony of the several rebellious acts being witnessed in a suppressed military institutions since the advent of democracy in 1999. Details

 

The Voice of America (VOA) is for American Interest Not for Your Tribal Interest: A Reply to Mr. Joshua B. Bwala Write-up on Voice of America Hausa Service (VOA). By Jerry Okaha

(GAMJI)

VOA is not for tribal and religious zealots. It is not a property and medium for ethnic and tribal mongers in Nigeria. It is an American property...You can go ahead and tune to RADIO IRAN, RADIO LIBYA, RADIO TALIBAN OR OTHERS like you suggested, but still it is for these countries interest and agenda not Nigeria interest or your tribal interest. Details

 

Save Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Service: Sunday Dare Must Go. By Joshua B. Bwala

[ABUJA]

(GAMJI)

I have known Sunday Dare for over ten years. I have a number of his write-ups condemning people who share a different view from his own view that is guided by ethnic and religious sentiments. He has since demonstrated this bigotry and unprofessional attitudes in a number of cases. Had it been VOA did a very good research about Mr. Dare’s profile, he would not even be amongst those short-listed for interview even if he is a citizen of the U.S. (which he is not!) Details

 

Freeing Nigerian Politics From Religion. By  Alhaji Muhammed Ighile, JP

[BOSTON]

(GAMJI)

As a Nigerian who grew up in a family made up of adherents of different religions, I cannot sufficiently express my anguish over the endless spate of religious conflicts which have unfortunately claimed the lives of thousands of people as well as the mindless destruction of valuable properties, including holy places of worship. To imagine that the individuals perpetrating these mayhems profess one of these conflicting faiths further raises the question as to whether indeed these are truly believers or agents of Satan. Details

 

Can President Obasanjo Organize a "Succession Election' in 2003? Plea for Internationalization of Process. By Professor Omo Omoruyi

(GAMJI)

My view is that our people cannot be made to make the mistake of 1999 when the original founders of the PDP were made to accept the huge sum of money from General OBASANJO and military jacked the party and ran away with it.   The Nigerian people were made to vote for him without knowing what he stood for with the respect to all the fundamental issues afflicting the Nigerian people since the creation of Nigeria in 1914. Details

 

Nigeria’s Rush to Unleaded Gasoline. By Baba El-Yakubu Jibril

[SAUDI ARABIA]

(GAMJI)

Do we need more or cleaner gasoline? Are the consumers ready to shoulder the necessary additional cost of the unleaded fuel? Wouldn’t the new fuel escalate the cross boarder drift of the fuel? In my opinion, these important questions need to be addressed before policy makers rush to implementing plans for changing the fuel. Details

 

‘Come Let Us All Reason Together’.  By Samuel Bayo Arowolaju

(GAMJI)

Let the West and the Yoruba go back and put its house in order. A Yoruba is any body with the smallest drop of Oduduwa’s blood in him/her, whether you are from Oyo or Ilorin or Warri. It is only a bastard that calls himself Olusola or Babatunde or Adebayo and says he is Fulani in the name of political spoils. If for whatever reasons in the past Ilorin had sold itself to the Fulani, this is the time of Jubilee. Details

 

Safiya: Can Bafarawa Do What Sir Abubakar III Wouldn't? By  Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo

(GAMJI)

Using this background, Safiya should not be allowed to die for the ignorance of others. Since she was arrested and charged for the offence before May 25th when Shari'a was promulgated in the state, I doubt if any competent jury when constituted will tow the line of the court. Besides there were even indications, at one point, that the Alkali had contemplated throwing out the suit but he took the easier option of transfering the onus to someone else. Details

 

Biafra On My Mind. By Okenwa R. Nwosu, M.D.

[MARYLAND, USA]

(GAMJI)

The overwhelming majority of Igbo political elite envision the future of Ndiigbo within the context of a united Nigeria for obvious reasons. Within the pro One-Nigeria Igbo political alignment, there are various shades of opinion as regards the extent of autonomy that shall best protect interests of Ndiigbo within the federation. For the average Igbo, the choices are not easy hence the ongoing propaganda battle to mobilize popular support for diverse entrenched positions. Details

 

An Interview with Dan Wailare. By Mohammed Wailare

[RPF UNIVERSITY MOSCOW]

(GAMJI)

General Abacha defied the west, he never took a loan from them and he paid almost all the debts we owe that his Government inherited, our foreign reserve was pretty fat during his time, Nigeria had a vision for self development and in return they started calling him names, dictator, brutal butcher etc. echoed by the south western press. Details

 

Convention Rips A Nation ApartBy Abdulrazaque  Bello-Barkindo  

[SWEDEN]

(GAMJI)

As things stand today, that would have been fair enough. Because, with all the disparaging adjectives that he has attacked Abacha, Obasanjo is fast proving that he is no better than the guy who tamed him. And for those of us who once thought that things could change for the better with Obasanjo, it is difficult not to be offended. Details

 

African Union (AU): In Perspective. By Ugwuegbulam Sebastian A.

[GHANA]

(GAMJI)

Africanism does not portray enmity with the western world rather it cushions on the need  to model our own perception of democracy. It hinges on the need for Africans to consult one another in terms of need and always be our brothers keeper. Our ideological differences should be settled among us. We should not betray each other for a piece of favor emanating from the western world. Details

 

Archbishop Carrey, Lady Rose and Religious Tolerance in Northern Nigeria. By Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa

[KANO, GARIN DABO]

(GAMJI)

In Northern Nigeria it seems the Christian elites may not have been reporting the warmth Muslim leaders extend to them. If not it is doubtful if Lord Carrey will have included Nigeria in his comment just a day after a leading Igbo Christian was well received in the Palace of His Highness the Emir of Kano. Details

 

FG to Probe Tiv-Jukun Crisis"- A Rejoinder. By Terna Agor

[LAGOS]

(GAMJI)

The so-called “judicial commission” that the federal government is contemplating “will focus on establishing the fact of the crisis but it would not have the power to recommend punitive measures against anybody.” So what kind of toothless probe is that?  Are we about to be treated to part 2 of the Oputa Panel “Home Video show”? Details

 

Power Blocs: Nigeria's Achilles Heel. By Ogaranya Uju Nkwocha Afulezi, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

Of all the booby traps the British set to hamstrung the future Nigerian nation, none has proved as harmful, yet appearing deceptively innocuous, as the power blocs named "regions." The concept of regions or regional blocs is antithetic to "one nation, indivisible." Once a country is demarcated along regional interests, religious interests, ethnic interests, then wrangling, hustling, jostling, maneuvering for power, greed for lion's share, and ultimately, disenfranchisement of the underdog will reign perpetual. Details

 

Parties and Politics in Nigeria. By Professor Omo Omoruyi

[BOSTON UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI)

Does Nigeria since 1999 have a viable party system?   Does Nigeria since 1999 have a viable democratic order?   Is there any prospect of having a viable party system?   Is there any prospect of a democratic order?   What are the factors militating against a viable party system?   One could also ask what are the factors impeding the full realization of democratic order in Nigeria?   These are some of the questions that we would have to examine in this paper.  

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The Adulteress' Diary: To Those Who May Have Problems With It. By Toyin Kinoshi

(GAMJI)

Granted, the lady was pregnant and she was not married. A fair justice system seeking a conviction of fornication against her must prove that her pregnancy was as a result of consensual sex with another man. Doesn't Sharia legal system embrace the doctrine of according doubts to the accused? Details

 

HIV/AIDS As a Security Issue. By Dr. Chinua Akukwe

(GAMJI)

High rates of AIDS deaths are also likely to fracture the fragile democratic foundations of many African nations as the incidence grows in the powerful armies of African nations. Estimates from the World Bank, UNAIDS and the Economic Commission of Africa put HIV prevalence rates in the Military of African nations from 10 to 50 percent. In many African nations, according to the International Crisis Group, the rate of infection among the Military is as much as five times that of the civilian population. Details

 

Safiya Husseini, Sanusi and the Others. By Abdulrahman Muhammad Dan-Asabe

[P. R. CHINA]

(GAMJI)

I have read the various write-ups of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on the Gamji.com and I salute his determination to hit where it hurts and damn the consequences through his well researched, factual, educative and thought provoking analysis.  However, halfway into The Adulteress' Diary, I knew that this time around the Prince would be in trouble.  Not that he has done anything wrong, NO.  You see, unlike his other articles, The Adulteress' Diary has hit we northern Muslim men where it hurts. Details

 

Response to dividends of Obasanjo's Foreign trips. By 

Khadijat Baba-Muhammad

(GAMJI)

Reading the article regarding the above subject, it came as no surprise to me that the writer (Oyefeso) works in the department of Public Affairs at the Presidency. One would think that before putting pen to paper on such a problematic issue, a person would first consider the view of those that see no point to the 'shuttle diplomacy' of our President. Details

 

Intimidation+Gangsterism=PDP Democracy. By Max Gbanite

[NEW JERSEY, USA]

(GAMJI)

There are many people who have fallen victims of what appears to be an oppressive regime of Peter Odili, going by the account of different news publications. Why Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has allowed such carnage -- as seen in Edo, Rivers, Kaduna, Kano, Delta, Bayelsa, and even of recent in Benue State (where General Malu's house was burnt and some members of his family killed) -- to sweep the nation without addressing them properly keeps democratic-minded people like me astounded and bereft of hope and confidence in returning his party, PDP, back to power in 2003. Details

 

The Usher's Notes. By Dr. Banu Zubair, M. K.

(GAMJI)

You might say that the adulteress' mouthpiece did not claim to be a Shari'ah expert but, what else could he be? The diary not only questioned the Shari'ah as a coherent legal tradition, but Sanusi Lamido Sanusi also mocked Allah, his Prophet, the Prophet's companions and respected Muslim jurists since the beginning of Islam. Details

 

MONDAY QUARTERBACKING:  Justice, Jihad and the Just War. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

[MARYLAND, USA]

(GAMJI WRITER)

For Islam means Peace, why are so many adherents involved in war?  And if Christians are expected to turn the other cheek and forgive their enemies, under what conditions, under the Christian faith, must these pacifist stance be violated? Details

 

Industrial Buildings in Residential Neighborhoods in Nigeria-Any Health Risks? By  Alfred Obiora Uzokwe

(GAMJI)

There are areas in our dearly beloved Lagos today, where residential buildings are so crowded together that having windows is a mere formality!  This is because nearby buildings block cross ventilation.  Suffice it to say that the health implications of such living arrangements cannot be overemphasized, especially where heaps of trash are strewn all over the place exuding putrid smells characteristic of compost sites. Details

 

Sharia: Death Knell of a Ruling Class. By Tunde Adenodi

 [NEW JERSEY, USA]

(GAMJI)

The morbid fear of the Yorubas for Sharia, the Islamic jurisprudence, is evident in this common saying: "ma a da seria fun e", meaning - I will do justice to you, Sharia style. Whoever this statement is made to must be ready for a full dose of retribution for whatever offence may have been committed, real or imagined. Details

 

Orizu, Ironsi and 1966 - A Rejoinder to Siollun's Rejoinder. By Arthur Unegbe

(GAMJI)

In the article "The Northern Counter-Coup of 1966 - A Rejoinder to a Rejoinder",  Mr. "Max Siollun" describes himself  'as a person who does not want to leave Nigerians with misconceptions about Nigeria's history' yet he is at risk of doing just that by not bothering to confirm the veracity of the contents of some of his sources, misunderstanding the contents of others, and selectively quoting from some while ignoring other references.  Details

 

Politics is not Catechism. By Paul Mamza

[AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY]  

(GAMJI WRITER)

President Ibrahim Babangida may be defending the decision of AFRC, the highest decision making body then when he announced the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential elections but earned an indelible stigma from the South-West and deem him not fit to appear on the political scene again as revealed by IBB in an interview with Newswatch July, 2000 when the A.D. shut its door against him, Late Sani Abacha may be leading a genuine cause in his policy formulation against the Western world in order to protect the integrity and sovereignty of the nation, but was regarded as one of the few enemies of the Western world and was isolated. Details

 

SATURDAY ESSAYS:  Clarifying Some Issues on Voting/Dual Citizenship. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

[Burtonsville, MD, USA]

(GAMJI WRITER)

I laid out objections to certain incapacitations of non-resident and dual citizens with respect to the Electoral Bill currently in conference in the Nigerian National Assembly.  In that essay, I argued simply that a citizen is a citizen, whether residing abroad or dual, and hence any provision that abridges his right to vote is illegal and unconstitutional.  Details

 

NKEMJIKA and 'Order of Precedence': Fallacies, Ignorance and Mischiefs. By Prof. Mike Ikhariale

(GAMJI)

It is therefore wrong to think that because the National Assembly is of ‘national jurisdiction’; any of its members is thus constitutionally higher than the office of the Chief Justice of the Federation and also state governors! I admit that every country has its own idea of who comes first in the national arena and this is always in conformity of the peculiarity of the constitutional stipulations. I must however confess that, in my little study of constitutionalism, this must be the first time I am coming across such morally debased and intellectually hollow contention. Details

I know Why the Caged Bird Sings

By. Ikenna E. Anokute 

[NEW YORK]

(GAMJI)

Under the greedy leadership of the present politicians, the old clannishness has revived. The per capital income of Nigerians, the 33rd highest in the world just two decades ago, has plummeted to 13th lowest, below even Haiti’s (the world’s poorest country). In order to survive, honest hardworking citizens have been forced to resort to corruption. This is a problem of potential civil and economic consequence. Details

 

The Ruling of Death on Safiya Tungar-Tudu. By Abdulsalam Ajetunmobi
[LONDON]

(GAMJI)

In the light of the above, the judgement passed by the Islamic Court in Gwadabawa, Sokoto State on Ms Safiya Tungar-Tudu, to me, is harmful to the healthy state of the Islamic religion in the country. And to repeat again, flogging rather than stoning to death, according to the verse cited above, is contemplated by the Qur’an (see also Holy Qur’an chapter 4: 24). Details

 

Odinani: Igbo Religion--A Rejoinder to M.O. Ene's Rejoinder. By Ogaranya Uju Nkwocha Afulezi, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

But, there is a problem. After reading the article and convinced that he might be right, I began to call some of our Igbo anthropology and sociology professors I know. I asked them what was the name of Igbo traditional religion. None knew. I asked them what "Odinani" was, one of them said that it was the same as Omenala, another said that it had nothing to do with religion exclusively, and two others said that Igbo traditional religion had no name and did not require a name. Details

 

Dear Daa Kema. By M.O. Ene

[NEW JERSEY]

(GAMJI)

In 1999, many visitors to Nigeria flatly refused to fly domestic airlines; “flying coffins,” they called the crafts. I don’t know what statistics fueled such a despicable depiction of our domestic fleet, but we know that there were many substandard situations of technical nature surrounding the aviation industry. Details

 

Should We All Grow Beard? A Rejoinder to Olusegun Adeniyi of ThisDay Newspaper. By Abdullahi S. Abubakar

[ABUJA]

(GAMJI)

It is apt to state from the outset that the events of Saturday the 13th in Kano is condemnable just it is necessary to highlight that it has nothing to do with the peaceful protest of Friday the 12th of October which was peacefully concluded with a prayer for the people of Afghanistan.  It is also a fact that the peaceful protest of Friday the 12th October has "thoroughly embarrassed" the likes of Mr. Adeniyi and the Nigerian Government, whose President was done “the honour” of being the only African leader informed before hand, the American invasion of Afghanistan. Details

 

Why Theocracies Fail. By Stephen Lampe

(GAMJI)

The underlying philosophy of theocracy is that the real and only ruler should be the all-knowing God, the Creator. As the Creator of the universes and of human beings, God knows best how people should conduct themselves on earth so that they may achieve the purpose of their existence. Therefore, God’s Will should govern the affairs of individual human beings and of societies as a whole. Details

 

The Adulteress' Diary. By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

(GAMJI WRITER)

[LONDON]

"You see, my name is Safiya Husseini, recently convicted for the crime of having been born a woman by a Shariah court in Sokoto. I know you have been told that my crime was adultery, not womanhood. I also know, being a mere woman, that you think I am most probably talking rubbish. When you finish reading this record of my own thoughts, possibly after my death, you will make up your mind." Details

 

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi's "Adulteress' Diary". By Yusuf M. Musa

[KADUNA]

(GAMJI)

May I urge you to re-study your reading audience, to have a proper understanding of your immediate environment (Nigeria), to appreciate the position of Islam in this environment and to soften a little, mellow down a bit while you increase your strides and peddling in the enlightenment of Muslims and non-muslims put together.  Finally, may I humbly request you to discuss your article with a Sunna Mallam, such as Prof. Shehu Galadanci, Sheikh Ahmad Lemu or Dr. Jibril Oyekan so that you listen to a learned view  of where you erred - and seek forgiveness of Allah, Azza Wa Jalla. Details

 

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Has Murdered Democracy. By Max Gbanite

[NEW JERSEY, USA]

(GAMJI)

In essence the Nigerian media have failed to point out the anomalies of this government objectively. Instead they are busy castigating General Ibrahim Babangida (Rtd.) as the root cause of all that is wrong in this government. From the way they project the retired General, one would think that he is still the President and/or that he alone invented corruption as practiced today in Nigeria. Details

 

The Adulteress Diary: A Response to Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. By Nura Yusuf

(GAMJI)

I have for a long time been following up Prince Lamido’s commentaries but none has been so out of character like the Adulteress Diary where our Prince almost became a typical Nigerian Human Right Activist defending modernity and western civilisation against the Shari’a as practised by the Holy Prophet and the four guide caliphs. Details

 

Sunset in a Benighted Behemoth. By Paul Mamza 

[AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI WRITER)

In Nigeria, man had fallen a prey to humanity through acts of dehumanization by savages.  Like, it may be a better fate to be devoured by wild animals in the desert than to be a victim of the activities of the OPC militiamen which had unleashed terror and mayhem in Lagos and its environs.  A soldier’s fate may be a better deal to be totally destroyed by a nuclear weapon than to be slaughtered by blood-thirsty Tiv militiamen. Details

 

Adamawa: Decadence of Democracy. By Ibrahim Modibbo

(GAMJI)

For the people of northern Adamawa, along the Song, Mubi, and Madagali axis, the only dividends of democracy they could link up to the present administration is the influx of more tax collectors who made life very unbearable for the teeming populace. They have been marginalized in all department of human endeavour that some of them are openly expressing regrets why they did not join their kith and kin in the Cameroons during the plebiscites. Details

 

Safiya Hussaini: An Open Letter to President Olusegun Obasanjo. Forwarded By Tinuade Awe

(GAMJI)

It has come to our attention that an Islamic Court in Gwadabawa, Sokoto State, Nigeria recently pronounced a sentence of death by stoning, on a Ms. Safiya Hussaini.  This sentence was reportedly imposed after a trial in which the court found Ms. Hussaini guilty of the “crime” of adultery.  We, the undersigned Nigerian citizens, write to convey our deep unease about this sentence. We urge you to use your good offices to ensure that this sentence is not carried out. Details

 

Kalu: A Disaster Foretold? By Kelechi Eme

[LAGOS]

(GAMJI)

As far as the young generation Igbos are concerned, we have Governor Orji Uzor Kalu as our leader. With him and Governor Chimaroke Nnamani the sky is the limit for the young generation of Igbos. ''Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth'', Kalu you should never waiver or  renege on your covenant with the people of Abia State because of detractors, they are only balloons who will burst open by the slightest contact with any external object. Details

 

Does Sanusi Lamido Sanusi Prevaricate? By Engr. Tukur M. Lawal

(GAMJI)

Having read the various write-ups of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi both on the Gamji.com Internet web site and the Weekly Trust Newspapers, I was left with no option than to write and advise this beloved Brother. He should please fear Allah (SWT) and reconsider his views on some issues, I think he made some preposterous interpretations of the teachings of our Noble Holy Prophet (PBUH) in his recent articles. Details

 

MONDAY QUARTER-BACKING:  The Electoral Bill and Dual/Non- Resident Nigerian  Citizens. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

[Burtonsville, MD, USA]

(GAMJI WRITER)

I am sure that some reading this piece, including many Nigerians abroad, would   dismiss it as elitist gripe, in the midst of the many debilitating problems in Nigeria.  However, we can walk and chew at the same time:  no Nigerian should be above the law, or beneath it, elite or non-elite. So when does the law suit begin?  Will you be ready to throw in some money into the kitty? Details

 

Odinani: Igbo Religion. By M. O. Ené

[NEW JERSEY, USA]

(GAMJI)

In Igboland, religion is not organized and or centralized; it is the tradition. Like Islam, it is a way of life. The Igbo religion proper is anchored on one of the greatest and most benevolent deities under the Supreme Being: “Ani” (the Earth deity). Igbo belief in the sanctity of Earth deity is very deep. We thrive on its physical manifestation, “ala” (land), and we derive life itself from its benevolence. Details

 

SUNDAY MUSINGS:  An Odor of Soccer Corruption - A Call to Investigate. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D. 

[MARYLAND, USA]

(GAMJI WRITER)

The story is told of an American visitor to Islamabad a few years ago striking up a conversation with a Pakistani taxi driver about that country's Transparency International rating as the most corrupt country in the world.  The taxi driver retorted that in fact Pakistan was the second most corrupt country that year, but it had bribed Nigeria to switch positions with it since it was tired of playing second fiddle on the corruption scale for so long to Nigeria. Details

 

US Attacks: The Chickens Coming Home to Roost. By Lawai Samaila Hilin-bugu. Forwarded By Muktar Abubakar

[KATSINA, NIGERIA]

(GAMJI)

He held the prince tight and the whip could not make him to follow the usual way. At the dyeing pits and seeing the inferno the prince tried to struggle free but Bakin Wake maintained his grip and held him tight. The whip could not save the prince as Bakin Wake jumped straight into the pit. The two of them died within minutes and the people heaved a sigh of relief. Details

 

Legislative Terrorism. By Prof. Mike Ikhariale

[MASSACHUSETTS, USA]

(GAMJI)

To deny a Nigerian his constitutional rights to contest election just because he holds the citizenship of another country is a proposition fit only for the marines! Pointedly, this is denying Nigerians their rights of citizenship, the highest punishment known to law. Details

 

Tiv-Jukun Conflict/Expansionist Tendencies. By G. Bako

(GAMJI)

Honestly speaking, The Tiv people are known with violence among themselves and even to their neighbours. Perhaps, there are need for the prominent Tiv sons both Professors and highly placed once to answered the question why are they at war among themselves , neighbours and even Idoma people who happen to live with them in the same land be asked why the called a Tiv man (Animals). Details

 

The Northern Counter-Coup of 1966 – A Rejoinder to a Rejoinder. By Max Siollun

(GAMJI)

It was Ironsi that rallied loyal troops around the country to stop the January coup.  Why would he, at great risk to himself, stop a coup that he was part and parcel of?  The words of Major Nzeogwu in the week following the coup are also instructive.  Nzeogwu said of the coup plot: “We got some but not all. GENERAL IRONSI WAS TO HAVE BEEN SHOT. But we were not ruthless enough. Details

 

"Northern Nigeria Leadership: A Wasted Opportunity, A betrayed Trust." A Reply to Dr. Mbahi. By Oguchi Nkwocha. ByOguchi Nkwocha

(GAMJI)

Opposition to a Sovereign National Conference is succumbing to fear. You cannot allay such fears by insisting on an unworkable union. Instead, you only guarantee more bloodshed, more misery, more marginalization. Nigeria is not of a natural order. It was put together by the British. It has not, and does not work. We all need to have the courage to face that, and then, take care of the issues in a lasting manner. Details

 

Issues in the Dredging of the Niger and Benue Rivers. By  Peter Ekeh [Buffalo, USA]

(GAMJI)

There is a widespread view in the Niger Delta that President Olusegun Obasanjo despises Niger Deltans and that he does not care about their welfare. This is the President's opportunity to prove his detractors wrong. Let him go to the Niger Delta to talk to the people directly. After all, if he has been so persuasive in making a deal between White and Black Zimbabweans, can he not talk to his own countrymen and women about a subject that affects their livelihood and cultures? Details

 

Sleeping Muranya Fights At A dangerous Joint: In the Lighter Mood. By Uju Afulezi 

[HUMOR]

(GAMJI) 

"Uju, let me confess that I doff my hat for you guys who write on the internet. It has enabled many of us to learn a little bit more about what is happening in the world. But why are you all so hung up with politics? Why can't some of you loosen up a bit and write some humor? It would help to brighten up our day. What is all this seriousness, as if you all will solve all the world's problems?" Details

 

Sanusi Lamido’s Anti Heroes Heroism. By Magaji Galadima Abdullahi

(GAMJI WRITER)

[ALSO THE GAMJI COORDINATOR IN NIGERIA]

Lamido is probably the most controversial Nigerian writer in Cyberia today, and with good reason. He's not only tireless; he's an unusually gifted writer, and a scholar per excellence, a real chip off the old block, and he devotes most of his talent to uncovering apparent transgressions thereof. He never misses an opportunity to throw missiles at the so-called sharia governors for using the Islamic legal code as a political weapon as well as using religion to cover their irresponsibility. Details

 

Obasanjo Exposes Self and Senators. By Wada Nas

(WEEKLY TRUST) 

What crimes have the Tivs committed worse than the OPC who almost on a daily basis have been engaging in killing and the destruction of police stations? In the face of the devastation that happened, all the president could offer was to warn citizens against provoking the military. Details

 

Deconstructing the Nemesis of the Free World: Bin Laden. By David Asonye Ihenacho, Ph.D.

[NEW  YORK]  

(GAMJI)

Bin Laden’s recent railing against America, the United Nations and the rest of the civilized world, which was broadcast by al-Jazeera and published on the website of the BBC provides us the reason to reiterate even much more emphatically that the decision to block off some of his previous comments in the America media was a monumental mistake by the executives of the big media organizations. Details

 

Rejoinder to Femi Awoniyi. By Arthur Unegbe

(GAMJI)

the late Lt. Col Fajuyi was indeed a great man...However, in violation of his oath as an officer, he was certainly not apolitical as his involvement in 'operation wetie' betrayed.  I know it may be difficult for many out there who were either too young at the time or who have not been told the whole truth to accept certain facts.  I speak from the standpoint of one who was closely involved with the events of that era.  It is a fact that the late Colonel helped supply fuel to western region rioters and mentored some of the officers who carried out the January coup. Details

 

The Critics of Our Time. By Mohammed Wailare

[RPF UNIVERSITY MOSCOW]

(GAMJI)

Some of those critics attack their targets for a tribal reason, some for religious, while others attack for a personal reason to settle grudges or gain the favour of some section of the country. Save Alhaji Wada Nas (The northern voice), Paul Mamza (The Sardauna of A.B.U.), Alhaji Sani Kontagora ( The Magajin Rafi) and some few others who always support their Criticisms with facts that obviously no one can deny, the rest are just a bunch of confused individuals who have grudges for one reason or the other against some selected targets. Details

 

The Federal Government, ASUU and University Education in Nigeria. By Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa

[KANON DABO]

(GAMJI)

If ASUU continues to strike the federal government will portray it as an ungrateful union and many parents will tilt towards the government because for several years the university Calendar has always been disrupted by strikes. Students are also not in support of strikes because of the high level of poverty in Nigeria. So what are the options available to ASUU? Details

 

Watch Out: Global Village Headmaster Is Out To Get You. By Ogaranya Uju Nkwocha Afulezi, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

Question: Why do Igbo people speak English to each other during their conversations?

Answer: It is as result of years of miseducation. You know, when we were students - I attended Holy Ghost College, Owerri, we were punished for speaking "vernacular", meaning, Igbo. As well, Igbo people thought that speaking English was a way of showing off education, so they got into competition of speaking English, so much so that they hailed those they considered "speak English better than the English people" as the real educated ones. Details

 

Self-Succession Versus Legacy: A Dummy's View on Kano State Politics. By Murtala S. Sagagi

[BAYERO UNIVERSITY, KANO]

(GAMJI)

It is therefore my humble opinion that most political leaders in Kano State (being the state I am familiar with) are not so keen with making a real difference in the socio -economic well being of the ordinary citizens. But rather ‘to be there’ and make themselves popular heroes. At the moment, politicians have found electronic media and roaming about as effective means of fooling the poor electorate. Details

 

The Youth and the Nigeria Nation. By Yusuf M. Musa

[KADUNA]

(GAMJI)

The most disturbing problem however is the rate of social, religious and political upheavals ravaging the country and the cacophony of statement by our leader that the crisis are a sign that the country is going to leave in peace tantalize a diabolical  diagnosis of the problems facing this nation. Details

 

Violence Against Igbos in 1966 is Unjustifiable: Charge Rimi, Datti Ahmad to Court for the Kano Mayhem! By Femi Awoniyi

[SPEYER, GERMANY]

(GAMJI)

That the latest clashes in Kano are the handiwork of Fulani politicians has been shown by the support for the killings publicly expressed by Abubakar Rimi and Dr Datti Ahmad, the leader of the so-called Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria. It may be recalled that, in September, Ahmad openly threatened ”retaliation against Yorubas” over the death of some Hausas during the Agege riots of last year. Details

 

Igbo 101: Facts Little Told. By Ogaranya Uju Nkwocha Afulezi, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

Question: Why do the Igbo wear Yoruba Agbada and Hausa babban riga but the Yoruba and the Hausa do not ever wear Igbo national dress?

 

Answer: The Igbo take up foreign cultures more readily than other Nigerians, and they seem not to care that nobody reciprocates their carefree attitude to life. Most ethnics promote their cultures and show off what makes them unique. Actually, it is still the same so-called educated Igbo class who behave in such disgraceful and the devil-may-care attitude. Details

 

WTO and the Limits of Trade Liberalization. By  Stephen Lampe

(GAMJI)

Furthermore, one of the Laws that express the Will of God is the Law of Balance between giving and taking. This Law is fundamental in the relationships among individuals, groups, and countries. The Law implies that there must be exchange. Therefore, it is necessary for nations to exchange goods, services, ideas, etc. Details

 

War On Terrorism:  How Far, How Well? By David Asonye Ihenacho, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

Nobody has so far demonstrated to us that the poor people of Afghanistan are one with Bin Laden and Al Quaeda.  If anything, Afghanis are themselves victims of a national hijack by the Taleban, Al Qaeda and Bin Laden. Details

 

Fact about Tiv-Fulani Conflicts- A Rejoinder. By Dr. Iorhemen Kyeleve. Forwarded by Yakubu Tor-Agbidye, Ph.D. 

(GAMJI)

The current crisis in Taraba state between the Tiv/Fulani and Jukun The recent crisis in Taraba state all started on the 13th of May 2001, when Fulani Cattle grazers entered the farm of one Mr. Iyortim Umande who is now late.  On the said date, Mr Umande approached the Fulanis requesting them to command their cattle out of his farm. Instead, the Fulanis abused the late Umande and later assaulted him by stabbing him to death.  The result of the killing of Umande was a commotion which led to the fleeing of the Fulanis and their cattle in the area. Details

 

Facts About Tiv-Fulani Conflict: A Response to Dr. Mku Ityokumbul and Dr. Yakubu Tor-Agbidye. By Abubakar Adamu

(GAMJI)

So, I wish Tivs or Tivs apologists will stop writing nonsense by false alibi on behalf of Tivs. They must face the facts that many communities have moved on but the Tivs seem to live in time capsule, where they think they can lash out when they are angry as in the past. Details

 

Rejoinder to Max Siollun - July 1966 coup. By Arthur Unegbe

(GAMJI)

Tafawa Balewa surrounded himself with Igbo officers. He appointed Ironsi against the objections of those (including the British) who wanted the Sandhurst trained Maimalari as the first Nigerian GOC.  He appointed Okafor his Guards Company commander.  He paid the price later.  His dead body was abandoned near Otta with a kolanut shoved into his mouth. Details

 

Dele Giwa: The Silent Fact. By A. U. Max Gbanite

(GAMJI)

The killers of this wonderful and very talented writer are still out there, but I am very doubtful if they are Akilu, and Tapgun under the leadership of General Babangida. He, General Babangida, had nothing to gain by having Dele Giwa killed. As a matter of records, the only people killed during his leadership were convicted coup plotters. Details

 

As the Sun Rises: On The Dr. Tilde’s Mallam B. By Ibraheem A. Waziri   

[AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI)

Yes! Education alone isn’t the solution, remember in spite of the much south-westerners have in their repose, yet they had to come thirty and eight years before they could take away leadership from the underdog North. They are still not the most productive in the country and of course not the most morally upright. Corruption is laudable everywhere in their land as their elites are busy riding on the feelings and emotions of their gullible laypeople. Details

 

America's Terror Campaign. By Babayola Muhammadu Toungo 

[KADUNA, NIGERIA]

(GAMJI)

In the Middle East, the situation is even worse with a people denied their own country.  The Palestinians were forcefully uprooted to make room for European Jews – persecuted and terrorised by Europeans.  Any Palestinian born after 1948 has never known peace till date.  The US is the biggest sponsor and backer of the Zionist segregationist governments and people of Israel. Details

 

Urhobo and the Nigerian Federation: Whither Nigeria? By Peter P. Ekeh 

[The State University of New York at Buffalo]

(GAMJI)

The status quo is unacceptable. Under the current constitutional impasse, Abuja will bury the Niger Delta in hell fires, uncontrollable floods, and poisoned environments. We must summon all our resources and leadership attributes to prevent such fate. We must organize to realize a constitutional form of government that will protect the Niger Delta and our futures and children's futures. Details

 

Rejoinder on "Facts about Tiv - Fulani Conflict". By Professor Mku Ityokumbul Ph.D. and Yakubu Tor-Agbidye P.h.D., MBA 

(GAMJI)

First, let it be made clear to all Nigerians that, the Tiv had no conflict with the the Fulani. The Jukun, whose long standing feud against the Tiv people, stage-managed this conflict so as to make it appear as though it was a conflict between the Tiv and the Fulani. Thus, the correct title of the article should have been "Facts about Tiv - Jukun Conflicts." ...The Jukun have employed another cowardice tactics of dressing in Nigerian Military uniform so they can intimidate and attack the unsuspecting Tiv people. They are also known for using Nigerian Military vehicles to carry arms to the conflict zones.  Details

 

Malu's Travails and the Nigerian Reality. By Prof. Mike Ikharial 

[MASSACHUSETTS, USA]

(GAMJI)

General Victor Malu (retired) was until a few months ago the Chief of Army Staff of Nigeria. And by virtue of that office, was then the bona fide custodian of the nation’s flag and armory. More than that, he was equally the alter ego of the Nigerian Army, the undisputed repository of its doctrine and its general orientation. But just only a few days ago, the same General Victor Malu had to pour out his lamentation through the African Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation over his misfortune in the hands of the same army he has just relinquished command. Where else could such a drama happen, except in Nigeria and, in what army would such an abomination take place other than the Nigerian army? Details

 

The Omo Oduduwa at it Again: A Response to Professor Mobolaji Aluko. By Musa Ibrahim

(GAMJI)

[MINNA, NIGERIA]

The article makes an interesting reading, however the author has raised some fundamentals issues which requires immediate response and explanation with the view to set the record straight especially as its concerns the attitude of the people from the Northern part of the country towards the governance of this part of the world called Nigeria Details

 

Al-Bishak, ACF and Arewa-Centric...: A Rejoinder. By Paul Mamza

(GAMJI WRITER)

If it is true that the faction of the Middle Belt led by Chief Olusola Saraki dissolved into ACF as mentioned by him, then it is also true that the other faction led by Lt. General J. T. Useni  also did because General Useni is a member of the central working committee of ACF. From his thesis, Al-Bishak's preference for Arewa People Congress (APC) led by the Youthful Mohammed Sagir (Kano) and Asaph Zadok (Adamawa) as against ACF underscored the very basis for the establishment of ACF. Details

 

Fact About Tiv-Fulani Conflicts – A Rejoinder. By Zaiyol Karl

(GAMJI)

While there has been but only one Tiv riot which targeted only Tiv people in 1964, there have been thousands of Fulani riots dating back to 1804. Unlike the Tiv riot, these Fulani riots are routinely orchestrated for the purpose of killing people of other tribes to foster Fulani expansionist agenda and tighten their grip on control of the Federal Government. - the government which they do not contribute to its purse. Details

 

Shariacracy in Nigeria: The Intellectual Roots of Islamist Discourses. By  Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

(GAMJI WRITER)

With this background the reader can appreciate why Zakzaky and his group were very critical of shariacracy, arguing that you can not have an Islamic Law in an unIslamic system. The very prospect of marrying Islam and democracy is to this group inconceivable. Islam is Islam and Democracy is Democracy. Details

 

Fact About Tiv-Fulani Conflicts. By  Jibrin Amfani and Joel Agya

Forwarded by Dr. Sada Bello

(GAMJI)

We would like to remind the nation that the Tivs have haboured the agenda of destabilising any democratic government. We are living witnesses to the event of the 1964 in Tiv land which precipitated the 1966 military coup, that ruined the First Republic. The mess created by this coup is still with us today. Only recently at the Oputa panel, Col. Ben Gbulie, one of the Igbo Majors that master-minded the coup confirmed that the immediate cause of the 1966 coup was the Tiv riot. Details

 

An Open Letter to President Olusegun Obasanjo: "This Blood-Letting Must Stop!" By Professor Mobolaji E. Aluko [Burtonsville, MD, USA]

(GAMJI WRITER)

Let us make it very clear: we do not condone the killing of security agents whether in Odi or Gbeji or anywhere else in Nigeria. However, two wrongs do not make a right, and under NO circumstances should official government agents carry out ANY search-and-destroy missions on Nigerian citizens, to punish without guilt established. Details

 

Review policy on importation of used cars! By  Femi Awoniyi

(GAMJI)

On what basis did the government arrive at 5 years as the threshold? one would ask. Was the cost implication for car users and taxi operators taken into consideration? How much does government in Nigeria and private companies give to their workers as car loan? Details

 

My Country.  By Fa’iz Muhammad 

(GAMJI)

The best thing the President can do for this country to give this civilian rule some legitimacy is if he does not run in 2003. Let him leave now with some of his integrity still intact and become a statesman and go back to being a critic, which is something he seems to be better at than governance. But will he? Details

 

Injustices Galore at Nigeria. By Paul Mamza

[AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI WRITER)

With the scrapping of the PTF, the infrastructural base of the nation has been degenerated to an unprecedented proportion in all the facets of governance. Infact, a present state of the poverty stricken Nigerians is the worst form of human right abuse by its leadership since independence, this is because all avenues were created at the advent of the democratic experiment for improvements but was dashed. Details

 

Kano Riots: Lopsided CNN Report. By Umaru Isyaku

(GAMJI)

The question I beg to ask is, what is the connection between Zamfara, which is at peace, and Ground Zero in Kano? When did Shari'ah become the reason for the riot? You also did not show us that Zamfara, the capital of Shari'ah in Nigeria, was anything other than at peace. You did not come to Kano then, to see the actual truth, otherwise you would not say so, or so I thought. Details

 

Down with the Rhetoric of Tribalism: So-called Corrupt Leaders Must not Incite the Youngsters. By Franklyn Ogbidi

(GAMJI)

So my appeal is that to all peace loving Nigerians, most especially the younger generation is that they should create forums of understanding and learn from the Kassel experience. For  such forums to succeed however we must be prepared to sacrifice our sentiments. Details

 

9-11 and Death of Contemporary Assumptions. By David Asonye Ihenacho, Ph.D
[NEW YORK]

Whatever one chooses to say about the motivation, cowardice or valor of Bin Laden and his terrorist organization, the fact remains that their accomplishment on that fateful 9-11 has completely reshaped the landscape of modern civilization,... Details

 

TUESDAY MUSINGS: Trouble in the Nigerian House of Othman Dan Bello. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

(GAMJI WRITER)

Why would so many Nigerians - as many as 200 by some accounts, more than those reported killed in Afghanistan itself - be killed by other Nigerians in a three-day riot in Kano? Over a US-Afghanistan war thousands of miles away? Why are there so many dead in normally quiescent Jos due to fighting between Christians and Muslims, and among the Tivs and the Jukuns? Does any of this have to do with the Sharia-ization of many states in Northern Nigeria? Details

 

America, Britain vs Afghanistan.  By Bashir Abdu Muzakkari

(GAMJI)

Everyday we are told how bad the Taliban regime is, how badly they treat women, how little they care for the ordinary Afghan people. But how is the bombing of Afghanistan going to solve the problem? Rather than stabilizing the situation the war is just going to destablise it. As millions are displaced and thousands die under the bombs of the civilized west, organizations such as Bin Laden's Al-Qaida will find plenty of willing recruits who are prepared to carry out future attacks in the west. Details

 

The New Electoral Bill and the Democratic Process. By Prof. (Chief) Oje Aisiku, J.P.

The real problem that I foresee, and to which creative solutions could be found, is that of logistics. This is because it has never been easy for us to conduct elections spread out into several convenient days. How much difficulty it would pose to hold all the elections in one day?  That is a very serious question, which ought to be answered as quickly as possible.  Details

 

That Ban on Tokumbo Vehicles. By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER)

Long before the Federal Government announced the ban on the importation of used cars popularly called Tokumbo, or second hand vehicles, most observers knew that it was going to come as part of the privatisation drive of the administration. As government has concluded plans to sell its shares in the various automobile plants in the country, there has been alleged pressure on the administration by interested buyers to ban the importation of second hand vehicles so as to make the local assembly plants viable. Details

 

The Northern Counter-Coup of 1966: The Full Story. By Max Siollun

(GAMJI)

Despite these attempts by Ironsi to placate them, northern soldiers were not happy and many openly voiced their intention to gain revenge for the killings of their northern brothers-in-arms in January. Even the newly promoted Lt-Col Murtala Mohammed was not happy. In an unguarded outburst in the presence of Igbo officers, the volatile and newly appointed Inspector of Signals referred to Ironsi as a "fool" Details

 

Who Deployed these Soldiers and for What Purpose? By Ralph J Karl

(GAMJI)

According to the Vanguard of October 16, 2001, the Army had just sought and received approval from the Presidency, on October 15, 2001, to handle the raging violence; if this is true, then who deployed those soldiers that were killed on October 10, 2001? Details

 

Wada  Nas, Igbos  and doomsday  anxieties !!! By Jonas Okwara   

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]

(GAMJI)

Has Alhaji Nas easily  forgotten  what Igbos achieved  during the war ?  I  urge him to visit the war museum in Umuahia and  see what  the Igbos manufactured at war time. Does he  think they would have slowed down if Biafra  had survived ?  Biafra was a nation  with a goal. Nigeria is not  and it will keep wandering  in circles as  serious nations  advance to their destinies. Details

 

Jerry Gana's Media Tour, Boni, and Nyame. By Babayola Muhammadu Toungo

(GAMJI)

If there is any man I envy is the Executive Governor of Adamawa State, Mr. Boni Haruna.  Boni was the only governor to ascend to the office by default so we assumed he would use the opportunity to establish his bona fides as a serious player and aspire to a higher office on his own records. But alas, he is the only one who is yet to execute a project for the benefit of the people, yet was lauded by our Bible thumbing Minister of Information and his retinue of biased journalists–for–hire during his media tour. Details

 

Furiously Unreligious. By Orok Edem

(NIGER-DELTA CONGRESS)

Let me make it abundantly clear, and if this costs me my place in heaven or aljana, so be it. There is nothing more dangerous in this world than a religious conviction. Could anybody reading this explain to me why is it that with all the abundant land in northern Nigeria, [which is going to be deployed in the resource control fight] Muslems find it necessary to block highways when they are praying? Why is it that Christians find it necessary to block the Ibadan – Lagos expressway when they go for revival meeting? Roadside religion. Details

 

The United Nations Initiatives on HIV/AIDS Epidemic. By Prof. Ibrahim A. Gambari Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa

(GAMJI)

AIDS would have a particularly terrible effect on the work force over the next two decades, not only reducing its size but causing an increase in child labourers, moonlighting parents, job absenteeism from sickness associated with AIDS and added difficulties in recruiting. The report also projects that by 2015, the population of some 29 African countries is expected to reach 698 million or 61 million less than the total would have been without the spread of AIDS. Details

 

Solving the Nightmare of Fuel Shortage in Nigeria. By C.  Ethel Anyanwu. Forwarded by
David Asonye Ihenacho, Ph.D

(GAMJI)

In the final analysis, if the Federal Government gets out of the way so that business will flourish, it must also tell NNPC which is a government corporation not to embark on the business of retailing fuel through the ownership of filling stations.  NNPC has no history of efficiency.  Its attempt to dabble into retailing fuel is suspect.  Details

 

Nigeria: Beware of The Lessons of old. By Nathaniel Aboki

(GAMJI)

Listening to General Zamani Lekwot recently explaining the  issues that surrounded the Zangon-kataf riots, I must say was rather unfortunate. You have two tribes who shared everything for a century and enjoyed peaceful co-existence, then suddenly allow themselves to be torn apart by war. Their case was even more senseless considering 65% of the Zangon people had married into the Kataf ethnic group. Details

 

Tragedies, Karma, and Compassion. By  Stephen Lampe

(GAMJI)

Obviously, we should all rally round people who are suffering on account of missions of genuine love, i.e. on account of mission karma. We would thus be contributing to a good cause; we would be helping to plant seeds of love. Even persons who wrongly imagine that those reaping what they sowed should not be helped, should be reminded that we cannot always tell whether or not mission karma is the explanation for particular cases of suffering and for particular victims of specific tragedies. Details

 

The Ethnic Politics of Aborishade and Babalola Against the Rule of Law and the Progress of Ahmadu Bello University. By Abdulkarim Al-Bashir 

The Federal Minister of Education, Professor A.B. Aborishade and the Special Adviser on Education to the President, Chief S.K. Babalola, are, right now, conducting a campaign of ethnic politics against the rule of law and the progress of Ahmadu Bello University. The objective of this campaign is to generate ethnic tensions and acrimony over the rationalisation of the staff of Ahmadu Bello University carried out since 1996, in order to make it appear that what is called the "Core North", is an oppressor against the people of the rest of Nigeria, even in federal institutions like the Ahmadu Bello University.

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Political and Administrative Contexts of Human Rights Violation in Nigeria. Presented By Dr. Yusuf Bala Usman

(CEDDERT)

The discourse on human rights in Nigeria is conducted with a number of perspectives, whose limitations has to be brought out clearly, if we are to move forward and come to recognise the nature of the contexts in which these rights are upheld, or, violated, and be able to formulate policies, strategies and programmes to prevent, or, at least to minimise, future violations. The most widely held perspective is the Oga Kwata-Kwata Perspective which sees human rights being exercised, or, violated, depending on the characters of the individual, civilian, or, military rulers in power. This view is that when the rulers are good and God-fearing, human rights are generally upheld and when they are bad and evil, human rights are violated. Details

 

Federal Government of Nigeria Declared Kano as a Terrorist State using Sule Lamido’s  sigari  maizobe Salesmanship Diplomacy. By Ibrahim Ahmad

(GAMJI)

Since the statement of Sule Lamido that Nigerians are vulnerable to terror attack people no longer feel safe. It is therefore pertinent to request Mr. Sule Lamido to please clarify further since only himself and his Government know details about the terrorists. I only hope the information Mr. Sule Lamido has is not the type, which the American Government claimed to have against Osama bin Ladin. Whatever the case it is the right of Nigerians to request Mr. Sule Lamido to provide answers to the following questions: Details

 

Personal Reflections on Terrorism, State, Globalization and Impact on Nigeria. By Rev. Fr. Anthony Attah Agbali

(GAMJI)

The problematic of the global order that causes distress, reaction and aggression among many people around the world is mainly due to the binary hegemonic division of "us" and "them." When the US, Britain, Germany, France and other such powerful nations close their sensitivity to the "them" we enter into an arena of hostility and violent reactions. Details

 

OCTOBER 1, 2001: Time for Reflection; Not for Merriment (11). By Professor Omo Omoruyi, mni

(GAMJI)

This is the second part of the Essay on Independence Reflection.   It derives from the advice of the President of Nigeria on October 1, 2001.   On that day, he advised Nigerians that due to the situation, which he called the 'dismal reality' in which the country found itself, which he underestimated since 1999 that Nigerians should use the opportunity of October 1, 2001 for reflection and not for merriment. Details

 

Human Rights Violations in Nigeria: A Special Reference to the States of the North-West and North-East Zones. By Abubakar Siddique Mohammed, Ph.D.  

(CEDDERT)

The official post-mortem report, signed by Lt-Colonel Henry Adefope, Commanding Officer, Military Hospital, Lagos, dated, 17th January, 1966, on the cause of death of, Brigadier Zakariya Maimalari, Colonel Kur Mohammed, and Lt Col. Yakubu Pam, which scientifically established that they were murdered in cold blood by shots fired into their backs, are attached here, as appendices 1, 2 and 3 of this presentation, in order to clear away any doubts about the intention and method of their killers.  Details

 

As Nigeria's Clock Continues to Tick. By David Asonye Ihenacho, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

The Nigeria that is constantly in the news at home and overseas these days is a homeland to radical Islamic fanaticism, OPC, MASSOB, Niger Delta, Jukun and Tiv Militia organizations, etc. When she seems to enjoy a relative timeout from those professional violent organizations, armed robbers claim the period as their own turn to wreak havoc on the populace. Nigerians hardly ever enjoy any respite from violence. Details

 

Tales of the absurd from America. By Bashir Abdu Muzakkari Fagge

(GAMJI)

A number of people around the world have worked hard to make the writings of Nostradamus appear meaningful in context of various world events, some are quoting the above concocted quote linking it with the attack, some appear to have given up on attempting to interpret this distressingly unclear predictions and are now taking the more direct path of simply misleading people out rightly. Details

 

From the Shadows: The Freemasons . Transcribed and Forwarded By Magaji Galadima Abdullahi

(GAMJI)

From the shadows they have engineered every major war, revolution and recession. They control everything you read, everything you hear and everything you see. They have managed to indoctrinate an entire populace to their way of thinking and have infiltrated key positions in places of authority and it is from the shadows they have created a new political order, a new economic order and most sinister a new religious order. Details

 

CNN News Reports on Kano/Nigeria Riots. By Ali Magashi

[KANO]

(GAMJI)

I'm one of your regular news watchers, and I live in Kano Nigeria, from where I'm writing right now. I watched and listened with dismay very inciting reports on your news regarding the above subject from one of your reporters in Lagos, who claims that there are hundreds of Christian dead bodies lying the streets of Kano, and that Muslims are slaughtering Christians at will. It is very obvious that this reporter was in Lagos when everything was happening here, and may not even know Kano at all because he claims it is two hours passenger flight from Lagos when it is just one. Details

 

Attacks on Terror: Has the 3rd World War Began? By Sasa Olutimayin A.

[St. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA]

(GAMJI)

In perspective, I see the Taleban losing all the support she seems to still have. The major terrorist groups- Al-Qaeda and the Islamic Jihad will most probably run out of funds and training sites soon, thereby exposing them to the danger of completely being eradicated from the face of the earth. Details

 

The Wada Nas Speech In Houston: Beyond The Rhetoric. By Mohammad Bello Salihu

(GAMJI)

After using all sorts of references and statistics, both national and foreign, to justify or debunk various positions for or against us, the speech has succeeded only in reminding us and not educating us. The fire of Arewa nationalism has been stoked and passions stirred, but nothing has been done to seek answers, and the issue of what we want the north to be in the next decades or centuries has only been given a passing glance. Details

 

Of September 11, America and Justice. By Tokunbo Ojo

[MONTREAL, CANADA]

(GAMJI)

All because of Osama Laden wounded the pride of American State, the rest of the world is now being mobilized for a new war on terrorism and "anti-Western value."  While media have helped to stereotype all Muslims and Arab as "terrorists," the tune of the music in the many parts of the Western world has changed from old  "Niggers go home" to a new tune "Arabs go home" Details

 

America, the Western World and Fools Paradise. By Kayode Ogundamisi

(GAMJI)

Europe is being dragged along and Tony Blair who till date fails to give better life to the poor in Britain and till date allow British banks to keep funds looted by African dictators in British banks. Has virtually taken over the job of Collin Powell. Details

 

A Nation in Pain: A Response to Wada Nas Article By Mike Ibadin, Esq.

[HOUSTON, TEXAS]

(GAMJI)

The problems you articulated are occasioned by the two set of people. I don't know if you are a politician, a retired military man or an ordinary citizen. Regardless, you and other Nigerians who habitually analyze Nigerian problems from an ethnic perspective are part of the problems. As a citizen of Nigeria, you owe it to Nigeria to analyze her problems without always painting them from an ethnic point of view. Details

 

Calling All Christian. By Ogaranya Uju Nkwocha Afulezi, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

For me, as a Christian, it sounds entirely and densely stupid for anybody to assume that he or she has the power to fight or kill in the name of God. I would look very ridiculous indeed, if I would take off to some obscure corner of the world to be taught how to kill my fellow human being all in the name of Christianity. And to make it doubly foolish, some insane demagogue would say that for committing murder, one would have a ready place in paradise. Details

 

Imperialism As We Know It Today, They Call It Freedom...A Big Joke [Part II]. By Franklyn Ogbidi

[KASSEL, GERMANY]

(GAMJI)

The government of the United States and entire western world must understand that terrorism is the unwanted and dreadful by-product of a concept, programme, system or policy. It is nothing but an expression of anger, absolute mayhem that cuts across amateur suicide bombers in Jerusalem to the very professional display of the devil’s mind of which an example is the 11th of September 2001, attack on New York and Washington D.C. Details

 

The Northern States in the Next Millennium. By Wada Nas

[SPEECH AT HOUSTON, TEXAS]

Related to this is the charge of “Northern dominated army.” We tend to forget that the history of “Northern dominated army” followed the same pattern as the history of “Southern dominated economy and education”. All are functions of history. In the same way the South had a head start in education, which enables it today to virtually dominate all sectors of the economy, the public service, and now including the army, etc, so also did the North have a head start in soldiering. According to Sam Okpabi, a renown military historian, in his book, The Origin of the Nigerian Army, the first nucleus of the Nigerian Army was started in 1864 when  the Hausa Armed  Police replaced West Indian Troops in Nigeria” because “they were seen by the British as the best fighting material in West Africa” Details

 

The Nigerian Economy: Which Way Forward? By Deji Oluwole

(GAMJI)

Obasanjo is taking Nigeria for a ride in a nice and beautiful ship filled with splendor and nice fellows but alas our captain is drunk. He has no foresight and has missed opportunities in different sectors including the agricultural sector. After visiting Burkina Faso, he proclaimed to the Nation that we should import beans from that country to counter the rising price of foodstuff due to the depreciation of the Naira against major foreign currencies. Details

 

The Tragedy and The Future. By Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa

[FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CONTESTANT]

(GAMJI)

Some angry domestic and other public opinion may demand that US attack other countries like Iraq, but leaders must be more composed and thoughtful in their actions. Going beyond the limits will surely be the beginning of the end of the coalition of countries against terror. Gradually, too, this can become Arab (or even Islam) against the West. Details

 

Secularism, Onyia, and the Unanswered Question. By Abdullahi Salihu Abubakar

[ABUJA, NIGERIA]

(GAMJI)

Nigeria is indeed a funny country to be. One unfortunate thing about this country is that the moment one finds himself in position of authority, he speaks wide and from both sides of the mouth. As far as I am concern, it is only in Nigeria that everyone claims to be a Jack of all trade (but) master of none.  In Nigeria everyone is an economist, financial analyst, religious adviser...name them. The only criteria is to be in position of authority and that is all. Details

 

No to Zamfara Governor. By Rufa's Buhari Katsina

[KATSINA, NIGERIA]

(GAMJI)

I was displeased when I read in a national paper that the governor of Zamfara State has rejected the state’s share of VAT simply because of the portion contributed by breweries. He was also reported to have advised the governors of the other Shari’a states to stop collecting such VAT monies from federal government. If this report is true, and I strongly suspect it is, then it is high time someone drummed some home truths into the head of this governor and others of his ilk. Details

 

Calling All Moslems. By Ogaranya Uju Nkwocha Afulezi, Ph.D.

Duru Akwukwo III Ndi Umuohiagu

(GAMJI)

Oddly enough, Islamic leaders themselves unwittingly allow these nefarious characters to keep tarnishing their religion with their violent acts. Christians did not threaten to unleash the "crusade" when Timothy McVeigh was hanged. Society simply let him drink from his own cup of hemlock. Now, we hear some Muslims are threatening the "jihad' because criminals who happen to belong to their religion committed horrendous acts against humanity for which they must pay a price Details

 

2003 Elections: All Eyes on Kano. By Hannatu Mohammed

(GAMJI)

The next gubernatorial election in Kano will be among very few that will draw the interest and attention of Nigeria, and the Kwankwaso I know has proven himself time and again to be patient, calculative and cunning. He knows when to strike and he has been right for most of the time. But there is a Hausa saying, which says, “Ba a san ma ci tuwo ba”. But in the final analyses, Kwankwaso will eat his “tuwo”, even without “Miya”, as long as his people will help him get it. Details

 

Imperialism As We Know It Today, They Call it Freedom---A Big  Joke [PART I]. By Franklyn Ogbidi

[KASSEL,  GERMANY]

(GAMJI)

They call it a war on civilisation, but it is their civilisation. There is no way that the war on terrorism will be won if the west continues to turn a blind eye to their very unbalanced policy directed towards the under privileged (The Palestinian question, the third world crisis and the planned economic coup d´ etat  they call globalisation). Details

 

Tragedies and Spiritual Progress. By  Stephen Lampe

The aftermath of September 11, 2001 demonstrates the fact that tragedies can ignite heroism, generosity, caring and compassion and diverse acts of love. Tragedies may promote reflection about the meaning of life and suggest the need to reorder our priorities and reassess the value we place on material things as well as reconsider our relationships with fellow human beings. Details

 

A Case for a Democratic Audit for Nigeria. By Prof. Mike Ikhariale

[Massachusetts, U.S.A]

(GAMJI)

In spite of all we have said, there are evidence that Obasanjo may also have for himself a wide escape route for his actual and perceived failings because Nigerians, the press in particular, have started to use the same wrong criteria they have always used to judge those before him which we have already explained as wholly misleading. It is even quite easy for him to deploy this weapon of evasion, himself being a key participant in an earlier illegitimate regime. Details

 

Woman and Political Leadership in Muslim Thought: A Critique. By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

[Lagos, Nigeria]

(GAMJI WRITER)

In the final analysis, the real battle is not one of theological niceties and the regurgitation of metaphysical postulates. It is one of the 'desublimation of reason', its extraction from obtruse and abstruse mythology and its concrete embodiment in the fabric of social relations. The task of critique is to expose the fallacy of claims to superior objectivity, and reveal the intricate connections between religious teaching, as distinct from religion, and the ubiquitous consciousness emanating from social conditions. Details

 

Ali, APP and The Media. By Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo

[Sweden]

(GAMJI)

It was a very shrunken Yusuf Ali, chairman of the All People's Party, who spoke to detachments of editors at their various Lagos headquarters last week. The occasion, I guess was a media tour, presumably the handwork of the APP Director of Publicity, Mr Ibrahim Modibbo. At first I assumed it would be a run-of-the-mill round of political gibberish with nothing new to break my sweat, but Yusuf Ali put a finger on one main issue that makes party politics in Nigeria so unpalatable in so short a time. Details

 

About Debt and Relief: "Damned Are the Poor of the HIPCs". By Bashir Othman Tofa

[FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CONTESTANT]

(GAMJI)

The creditors are only interested in the interest payment (i.e. servicing the debt), and the debtor who has squandered the money is certainly in no position to pay back the debt. And since interest will go on accruing, time will come when the interest itself will not be paid in time and has to be regularly re-scheduled as a special favour. This means that these countries will forever be in debt, which cannot be paid. Details

 

On Aminu-Akande Difference on Nigeria-US Military Pact. By Professor Omo Omoruyi

(GAMJI)

Chief Harry Akande was right with his fact; Professor Jubril Aminu was wrong with no facts.   There is a pact between the Nigeria and the US.  The distinguished Ambassador should read my essay titled NIGERIA-US MILITARY PACT: RECIPE FOR DANGER written and circulated to many people in Nigeria immediately President Bill Clinton concluded his trip to Nigeria.   Since the Ambassador has never considered me as one of those Nigerians he should be interest in contacting, I did not send him a copy. Details

 

A Nation In Pain: A Response to Wada NasBy  Nathaniel Aboki

It is no secret that any generals salary should be equivalent to that of a permanent secretary who is also at the top of the civil service tree and at the prime of his career. But contrary to that, Nigeria is where an individual hands over hundreds of millions of dollars of public funds to another member of his family for “safe keep”. ha! Details

 

A Nation in Pain. By  Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER)

Chukuma also talked of nepotism. How we wish he were around  today to see it at display. Look at the leadership of our police zonal commands. Of the six commanders in the rank of AIG all but one belong to some group and the strategic position at headquarters are dominated by its members. What is the ethno-religious composition in the NDA today? We need to find out to appreciate how  nepositm has been eating deep in to the fabric of our society. Where almost 60% of the federal work force is dominated by one group, you need no worse case of nepositm. Where  others are willfully removed by members of the group to be replaced by their own, nepotism is at its hight. Details

 

Leadership in Nigeria. By Max Siollun

(GAMJI)

The argument that Nigeria's problems have been caused by inadequate leadership is true only up to a point. Due to their psyche being battered by years of misrule, and their hopes dashed time and time again, Nigerians have grown a passive and cynical indifference to bad governance. Cynically accepting their lot, Nigerians behave as if there is nothing they can to free themselves from the shackles of bad governance. They ought to know better. Details

 

MONDAY QUARTERBACKING:  Ethnicity, Conflict Resolution and the Nigerian State. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

(GAMJI WRITER)

For quite some time now, various politicians and commentators have called for a Sovereign National Conference - with a prelude of a Conference of Ethnic Nationalities - to begin to resolve the multifarious problems facing Nigeria.  One of the major hurdles that would be cleared would be how to choose from the various ethnic groups in Nigeria.

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Reply to Obasanjo on Looting Governors and Council Chairmen.

By Modibbo R Hammantukur

(GAMJI)

It is true that prices of houses in London soared consistently in the last six months. It was well reported on in the news, but no tangible reasons were given for this development here in the U.K. Management analysts expressed surprises over this rise in demand of landed properties when all western economies anticipate another dose of global depression. Now it is clear that it is Nigerian Governors who caused the property inflation in London. They take us back again to the 1970s and 80s when politicians swindled our monies and laundered them in foreign banks and assets. Details

 

The Two ‘Hows’: Resolving the Crises of Citizenship and Federalism in Nigeria. By  Professor Omo Omoruyi

(GAMJI)

The decision as to how Nigerians would live together and how Nigeria would be governed ought to be the focus of the President. The President merely talked of the enormous problems or of the recurring violence’. He failed to diagnose the issues in these problems.  Maybe he does not understand that these problems are symptoms or manifestations of the deep-seated uncertainty plaguing the country arising from the two HOWS. Details

 

SATURDAY ESSAYS:  Leaping for Life -  Requiring Vinci Parachutes in SkyScrapers. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

[USA]

(GAMJI WRITER)

Employees [IN TALL BUILDINGS] on and visitors to Floors 6 and above should be  provided with or have access to a parachute each. Certainly, you don't send a person to sea without being able to swim or having a life raft. Details

 

Colanut Ritual is a Worthy Igbo Legacy. By Okenwa R. Nwosu, M.D.

[USA]

(GAMJI)

 

The colanut ritual has proven to be a powerful instrument for transmission of cultural values to succeeding generations of our people. To the non-Igbo, it provides a clue to understanding the inner workings of the Igbo culture and its people. Consumption of the colanut is not unique to the Igbo. In fact, the Yoruba grow the bulk of the colanuts produced in Nigeria and the Hausa eat a greater tonnage of the mild stimulant than Ndiigbo. Beyond growing and consuming the colanut like most Africans do, Ndiigbo also break the cola. Details

 

With Nigeria's Cyber Matadors

By. Mike Ikhariale

(GAMJI)

But what first struck me was the unabashed ethnic and myopic orientation of the Nigerian Internet fraternities or E-groups as they are also called. Most of the contributors seem to have lost touch with the reality back home as many of the literature and debates they feature on Nigeria continue to hold on to wholly out-dated and unpardonably otiose ideas about the antagonistic ethnic intercourse back home. Details

 

Do Tragedies Pick their Victims Randomly? By  Stephen Lampe

(GAMJI)

“Why Does God Allow Tragedies?” is the question on many mouths and even more minds whenever catastrophes and tragedies strike. This question is asked for many reasons and these reasons may well vary from person to person. A common reason is an unstated, perhaps subconscious, fear that one and/or members of one’s family or friends may become victims of similar or other kinds of tragedy in some uncertain future. Details

 

October , 2001: Opportunity for Reflection, Not for Merriment (Part I). By Professor Omo Omoruyi, mni,

[BOSTON]

(GAMJI)

I hope the former military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon would revisit the period before and after independence and stop distorting the history of Nigeria.   I was shocked when he stated recently that the cause of the lingering political problems in Nigeria as the first coup.   There was no evidence in his assertion that could identify these lingering political problems.  Maybe he did not even understand them.  Haba! General give us a break! Details

 

Nigeria at 41: The Great Pains of Independence. By Paul Mamza

[AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI WRITER)

No system is totally perfect, neither is any system totally imperfect, but man with zeal and determination can subject imperfect systems to assume the desired perfection under a very strong will and faith. Some people argued that the worst civilian administration is better than the best military regime, even when some military regimes had more result -oriented programmes and policies. Details

 

Why Does God Allow Tragedies? By Stephen Lampe

(GAMJI)

The truth is that God does not at all intervene in the great and small affairs of men, be it wars, accidents, terrorism, floods, fires, famines, etc. From the very beginning, God has woven into Creation His perfect Laws, which acting somewhat like a computer program, carry out His Will immutably and irresistibly. Details

 

Of Puppets and Puppeteers. By Abubakar Jika

(THE TRIUMPH)

Former military President Ibrahim Babangida is seen by many Nigerians as a great tactician. They see him as a good student of power and power politics. That he is adept at political manipulations. Ibrahim Babangida, a retired General told readers of TELL magazine in a landmark interview that of all the terms hang on him the one he cherishes most is that of “evil genius”. Details

 

War on Terrorism Must be Built on Justice. By Abdulsalam Olatubosun Ajetunmobi

[LONDON]

(GAMJI)

But the great irony of this American war on terrorism is that Osama bin Laden’s family's company, the Saudi bin Laden Group, one of the largest construction firms in the Middle East, actually built the American air base (the sprawling state-of-the-art facility, nicknamed the Sandbox, in the desert 50 miles southeast of Riyadh, the Saudi capital where US Forces are now assembling for an attack against Afghanistan). Details

 

The War Essays (1): Harnessing America's Anger for World Peace. By Kenn Emetulu

[LONDON]

(GAMJI)

For now, I say the merits of diplomacy have not been exhausted, though we've had the loud but effective case of the merchants of death on both sides. For now, I say, America search well thy conscience and give us a world we know you are capable of delivering because, all I seem to hear now is the seemingly eternal siren of wailing from the orphans of Iraq, My Lai, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Somalia, Palestine, Chechnya, Mozambique, Angola, Chile and El Salvador. Details

 

North Must Unite. By Paul Mamza

[AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI WRITER)

With or without hypocrisy, suspicion or no suspicion, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) – an umbrella body for all northerners and the “All Northern Governors Forum” with all its limitations and short comings  (if any) remains and will remain the authentic voice and dream of the North. Any other groups or associations in the region should be an appendix or complementary to these two fora. Details

 

The Jos Crises: Retired Air Commodore Dan Suleman's Story. By Alhaji Tijjani Zangon Daura and Yusuf M. Musa

[KADUNA]

(GAMJI)

The best way to describe Dan is to look at him as a desperate person seeking for relevance in a community he once neglected and abused to the embrace of NADECO who after exhausting his usefulness have now dumped him to return to his "registered domicile" - because he is not a 'son of the soil' as they would naturally put it. When will they ever learn? Details

 

Religion Conflict: Multi-Dimensional Approaches to Prevention and Resolution. By Clement Ikpatt

(GAMJI)

All major cities are potential flash points of conflict in Nigeria. Conflicts and disputes have now taken a new dimension - not again as weapons of feuding political powers but into combustive domains of the thoroughly psyched down masses, where an isolated spark of anger or a random act of ethnic/religious violence can ignite a regional inferno. Details

 

Obasanjo's Mismanagement of the Nigerian Economy: For How Long this Pail? By Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa

[KANO]

(GAMJI)

Most Nigerians and indeed "outsiders want to give Obasanjo a chance" because he was "a decent man who came to power through the ballot box" (The Economist July 28th-August 3rd 2001 p. 39) with the goodwill and support of the northern part of the country and the international community. But since he assumed office he has been mismanaging the Nigerian economy. Those who earlier supported him are still hoping that he will change his attitude for the better before it is too late. This short essay is an attempt to contribute to that stimulus. Details

 

A Meretricious Show. By Paul Mamza

[AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI WRITER)

Though the American tragedy caused by terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon (symbols of American’s technological, economic and military might) can be viewed as a mimicry of the tragedies experienced over the decades by weak nations due to brutal subjugation of stronger nations, in whose category America belongs, the paroxysm vested on the country had excruciatingly relegated its might in rating security dangers.  Details

 

FRIDAY MUTTERINGS: Attack Against America, Attack Against the World. By  Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

[USA]

(GAMJI WRITER)

Imagine the ensuing incredible chain of events, besides the obvious  sorrow of  grieving families and loved ones world-wide: reduced air  travel and airport closures  (hence airlines survival threatened;  taxi cab drivers out of job, no  jobs for skycaps and baggage  handlers, airport restaurants and shops  closed); hotels depending on  air travellers in distress; reduced tax incomes for cities, counties  and states, etc. etc. Details

 

Thy Will Be Done On Earth As It Is In Heaven. By Ogaranya Uju Nkwocha Afulezi, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

The attack on WTC is an attack on the whole world. It continues to perplex me  that people who think they hate the United States, still come here to live,  still come here to study, still come here to do business, and they enjoy  American technology products. This country is the saving grace for many  oppressed people of the world. Details

 

Mr. Jonas Savimbi, Give Peace a Chance in Angola. By Abdullahi Abubakar

[ABUJA]

(GAMJI)

Mr. Savimbi has been waging war against the MPLA-led govt. in Luanda for his selfish greed to rule the country in which he has since lost popularity. The recent train attack is an apparent pointer to this. In the end of  it all, it is the ordinary Angolan who has had to endure the trauma of war suffering for so long. Detail

 

Terrorism and USA: The Lessons that Must be Learned. By Abdulrahman Muhammad Dan-Asabe

[CHINA]

(GAMJI)

Terrorism has no place in Islam.  This is why Muslims all over the world are united in condemning unequivocally the September 11, 2001 dastardly attacks on targets in America.  Unfortunately, Islam (the religion of peace) has been singled out and stigmatized as a violent religion by the Western press. Details

 

Exposing the Mischief of Ibrahim Ahmad – Shifting the Facts from the Fiction. By Al-Mukhtar Ali

(GAMJI)

The Kwankwaso critic does not seem to be sure where he actually stands. In his rush to judgement Ibrahim attempted to stand on two unsure slippery grounds: “either”, “or”. It is evident, ab initio that Ibrahim is not exactly sure of his facts – so it must be “either”, “or” since Governor Kwankwaso must be found guilty, even if the critic is not sure of his claims. Details

 

Less Government for a Better Nigeria. By Deji Oluwole

[WASHINGTON, D.C.]

(GAMJI)

Nigerians should stand up and resist the government. Limit the power, the money given it. Cut the Navy (Obasanjo we don't need a navy now), cut half of the agencies, stop building roads in villages and towns when you know what is seen is new roads but what is not seen in naija is the negative effect from high inflation, to corruption, capital flight. Details

 

The Price of 1966 Coup. By Paul Mamza

(GAMJI WRITER)

Even in the North, with its traditional strong unity outfit, there witnessed incursions of divisive tendencies, which tend to spilt even those natural  brethren living in the same family unit. Those traits that form personal  relationships with God were made subject for controversies and even blasphemy  by outright abuse of each others faith.  Details

 

The Slave Masters. By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER)

Rev. Father Sigo had arrived the province (Katsina), met the Maguzawas (who are not Muslims ) and succeeded in bringing them into the Catholic faith. Having succeeded in this, and having earned the trust of the new faithfuls, he embarked upon another project, that of getting their children to be educated in the south free. They believed him. Last year, he reportedly got 60 of them, between the ages of 10-14, both males and females, and transported them to Nkpor near Onitsha in Anambra State...Down there, the story changed from giving the children free education to selling them into slavery with hard labour. Details

 

Lamentations of A Citizen. By  Isaac Ehikioya

(GAMJI)

Murtala Mohammed Airport was a pleasant surprise. The place was clean, air-conditioned, the carousels (baggage belts) were working and the usual hordes of touts were reduced in numbers and those present were under control. What a surprise! A Nigerian government establishment functioning the way it should. It is simply unbelievable. Details

 

The Salutary Effects of Sharia. By Ogaranya Uju Nkwocha Afulezi, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

The revolution is in four parts namely: the dismantling of the Usman Dan Fodio colonial empire of Northern Nigeria; the liberation of ethnic groups from the shackles of feudalism; the realignment of the true ethnic configuration of the North; and the exposition of true population census of the various ethnic groups in the North. Details

 

The Worst Form of Isolation. By Paul Mamza

(GAMJI)

The cantankerous posture of the Western countries towards the General Sani Abacha’s government finds a candour in the total isolation of the regime by these countries which they said had a bad human rights records. Instead of capitulating to the incaptious blackmail and threat with the sole aim of expostulation, the late Head of state remain steadfast in the course of maintaining the integrity and sovereignty of the nation thus his dexterous handling of ‘Cannonade’ at these countries. Details

 

America Must Not Reinforce Terrorism. By Abdulsalam Olatubosun Ajetunmobi

[LONDON]

(GAMJI)

It is unfortunate that Islam, the religion of peace, hope, harmony, goodwill and Brotherhood had been badly tarnished by the perpetrators of various terrorists' acts and barbarism in the past and as is being done now. But in   Britain, where I live, the Muslim Council for Britain, in the aftermath of   the incidence, issued a strong statement to the effect that "terror makes   victims of us all". And so 'terrorists' are nobody's friend.   Details

 

Saturday Essays: That Attack on America - and  What Can Be Done To Minimize Such Attacks in The Future. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D. 

[USA]

(GAMJI WRITER)

During the Abacha June 12 crisis, I once got an email from a frustrated  Nigerian who suggested that the pro-democracy community collect enough money to hire a Palestinian suicide terrorist to take Abacha out from   Aso Rock.  I graciously declined the suggestion, stating that while I  was also anxious to see Abacha vacate Aso Rock, I did not think that  suicidal terrorists did what they did for money and without a just cause not defined by themselves. Details

 

The Ulama's Verdict on Horsemeat et. al. By Abdullahi Salihu Abubakar

(GAMJI)

As far as Islam is concerned, eating of horsemeat is halal i.e. lawful. The verse in Suratun Nahl does not mean or indicate that the purpose of creating horse is for the twin benefits of riding and for show (decoration) only, after all the entire chapter is enumerating the favour, bounties and pleasures provided to us by Allah. Details

 

Our Insensitivity Towards Others' Feelings. By Babayola Muhammadu Toungo 

(GAMJI)

One of the most contentious petitions so far is the by Ndigbo Oha Naeze, the Igbo social – cultural organisation.  In their petition, they demanded amongst so many ridiculous things unreserved apology from the North for the “pogroms” of 1966 and the civil war; the killing of Akaluka; and a monetary compensation amounting to N8.9 trillion.  That figure alone is fantastic to me.  It is also insensitive for Oha Naeze to retch up the January 15th, 1966 in which the Premier of the North, the Late Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto; about four senior military officers of northern origin; the Prime Minister of the Federation, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.  Apart from the insensitivity of opening these old wounds, such petitions only serve as a renaissance to tribal politics that could not be divorced from religious politics. Details

 

The Fall of the Nigerian Army: How Babangida and Abacha Were Created. By Max Siollun

(GAMJI)

Among the northern officers who mutinied in July and August 1966 were hitherto unknown officers called Babangida, Abacha, Garba Duba, Danjuma, Buhari, Shelleng, and Vatsa. They turned coup making into an art form, and repeated the trick again and again during the next two decades. Details

 

Should Nigeria Be Split? By Kenn Emetulu

(GAMJI)

There are differences, no doubt. In Nigeria people are yet to genuinely warm up to the idea of the nation outside the football grounds because the enterprise itself is seemingly unyielding, unprofitable, entirely painful, surviving only as a promise unfulfilled. Yet before we reach for the scissors to rip up this breathtaking tapestry of potentially profitable diversity, it would be wise to consider the reasons for this state of affairs.  Details

 

A Vacuous VagaryBy  Paul Mamza

(GAMJI)

Our aim then was to confront the government’s adoption of Afenifere earlier position that ‘No ID Card No election’ slogan extracted from ‘Yoruba Summit of Ibadan in which the Afenifere leader Chief Abraham Adesanya was quoted as saying that in the North the ‘goats and sheep’ also contribute in its voting strength.  Since then different reactions emanated from eminent personalities and organisations against the government’s proposed action Details

 

Anyim Versus Egwu and the 'State of Emergency'. By Prof. Mike Ikhariale

[MASSACHUSETTS, USA]

(GAMJI)

The story is that the President of the Senate and the Governor of his home state, Ebonyi, are in a political tangle and each party is deploying all resources, diabolical and material, constitutional and unconstitutional, to undo the other. Is that why the nation as a whole must be destroyed? Details

 

Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso Encashing the Misfortunes of the Flood Victims. By Ibrahim Ahmad 

(GAMJI)

Unfortunately with the typical characteristic of the arrogance of the Executive Governor of Kano State (Dr.?) Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, he felt it was unnecessary to inform any body that water would be released from the Challawa Gorge Dam. If notices were given before releasing the water, people would have been evacuated and losses of human lives and properties would have been avoided or at least greatly minimised. Details

 

Obasanjo's Report Card: Dividends of Democracy. By Yusuf M. Musa

[KADUNA, NIGERIA]

(GAMJI)

The situation is precarious and frightening, hopes are dashed, aspirations are narrowed.  Thinking are shallow.  The masses are continuously being 'promised good tidings' but they are made shepherds in the valley of hunger, disease and malnutrition. Standard of living deteriorating, poverty more pronounced than ever, ignorance and illiteracy increasing at an alarming rate, impoverishment of the poor  mounting.  Details

 

The Jos Religious Violence. By Danladi Musa Dakata

[SHAGHAI, CHINA]

(GAMJI)

The conduct and manner of the Nigerian Authorities, in handling this issue is, therefore a testimony of their sincerity and commitment to finding a lasting solution to this problem. We therefore, appeal to the Authorities to do all they can in the name of justice, and fair play to track down the perpetrators of this dastardly act and bring them to justice. Details

 

Islam, Probity, and Accountability: Another Perspective. By Bature Dodo

(GAMJI)

Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sunusi has hit the bull’s-eye when he avers that the root of the problem of accountability, and at the risk of being branded alarmists we dare say, the greatest problem of Muslim is, “the refusal of this Ummah to break away from the constriction of blind copying,” or taqlid. But taqlid is the symptom of lack of understanding of the spirit of Islamic teachings, not lack of Islamic knowledge. Details

 

In the Jaws of Jos. By Kenn Emetulu

(GAMJI)

Muslims! Christians! Animists! Spare a thought for everyone. When minds take  leave of heads, piety crosses over as the victim of frustrated reasoning.  Religion is made for man and not man for religion, yet Our Lights go out at  the Crossroad Of Our Faiths, sometimes at our births, most times from a  heady mix of both. 

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Nigeria Needs Religious Party. By Bello Muhammad Sharada

(GAMJI)

In the past, we throw religion in the dustbin, overlooking its great role and its penetration into our culture, language, history and even the ways of our living and thinking. We cannot separate it no matter how we try, for our social political and economic activities. The notion: Giver unto Ceaser what is to Ceaser and unto God what is to God has neither place nowadays even in Italy and the Vatican. Details

 

MKO Abiola and the Crisis of the National Question in Nigeria. By Ibiyinka solarin

(GAMJI)

Moshood Abiola entered the political consciousness of the Nigerian public  in the early 70s when he became the chairman [Africa] of the International Telephone and Telegraph [ITT].  He contracted a very lucrative and ultimately fatal relationship with the dominant figures of the northern dominated Nigerian Army. The tempestuous Ramat Murtala Mohammed who was  the commissioner for Communication and later the chief of state  after the successful military coup of July 1975, was his bosom friend. Details

 

The Regeneration of Nigeria, Politics and Economic Rationalization. By Rev. Fr. Anthony Attah Agbali

(GAMJI)

Internally, Nigeria can, in spite of external debt, provide a better quality of life to its citizens. Nigeria with its wealth cannot provide viable health care for its citizens. Yet a country like Cuba in spite of the sanction against it by the US, and its limited economic base, as one of the best health care system in the world, with even her mortality rate been better  when compared to the US. Details

 

In the House of Mandela: A Silly Cry. By Chimalum Nwankwo

(GAMJI)

Africa's suffering masses from the unreproachable crimes of their own  insulated leaderships. It is to go to the honorable house of the venerable  Mandela, to demand more money from  Europe and America, money that will be  quietly and surreptitiously  redirected to Euro-American banks. There is  nothing in black history in which black people are not complicitous. Details

 

Aguda: The Passing of a Genius. By

Prof. Mike Ikhariale

(GAMJI)

For the man who set out on an intellectual sojourn to study for a science degree abroad but returned home with a baggage full of law degrees from some of the best legal institutions in the world, the discipline of law would become nothing if it did not perform the critical role of social engineering and a humane moderator of human affairs. Details

 

Reflecting on the Nigerian Leadership and State: Salience Issues. By Rev. Fr. Anthony Agbali

(GAMJI)

Irish missionaries are abundant in Nigeria, our people shows them love and respect, but their government is quick to repay us our goodwill negatively by molesting and degrading our people-the same ones that make the lives and mission of their Irish missionary citizens bearable and livable. It is a sad way to be repaid. The truth of the situation is, if Nigeria is economically buoyant, and our government is civil and responsible, Nigerians would not venture to go and suffer inhumane treatments in such poor and war ridden countries like Ireland. Details

 

Igbos and Politics of Self Preservation. By Kelechi Eme

[LAGOS]

(GAMJI)

The Ohaneze Ndigbo should retract from formation of any political party and play its role as the coordinating umbrella of the Igbo nation anywhere in the world.  The Ohaneze can only remain relevant to the modern aspirations of the Igbo people by acting as a fair adjudicator of the entire race.  Any form of partisanship by the top echelon of its leadership will not augor well for the new political identity the Igbo nation must build for itself to ensure utmost relevance in the scheme of things.  Details

 

Re: Questions for an Islamic Scholar'. By Abdulsalam Ajetunmobi

(GAMJI)

The underlying point here is that the present versions of Bible were not written before the emergence of Islam and therefore are not the identical copies to which Qur'an refers. Historical evidence abounds to the fact that the Jews themselves destroyed all the copies of the sacred books written in the seventh and eighth centuries Details

 

Shariah Practice - The Aftermath of Refugee Standoff in Australian Water. By Abdulsalam Olatubosun  Ajetunmobi

(GAMJI)

So practising Shariah is about creating social justice to counteract and discourage social corruptions. And "if Shariah could not be used to better the lots of the people anywhere in the country", as the Lagos state governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu once opined, "it should not be practised at all." Details

 

Internet Censorship: The Nigeriaworld.com Phenomenon. By Amaechi E. Egwim

(GAMJI)

The policy of Nigeriaworld.com not to publish articles from free-based ISPs should be condemned in no unmistakable term by all who love freedom. It is a draconian policy that has probably forced Nigerians to pay thousands if not millions of dollars, pounds, French franc, Dutch mark, Naira, and other currencies to fee charging Internet Service Providers (ISP) in order to they air their opinions on issues affecting our country and our continent. Details

 

The Kano Government and Ajino-Moto Economics. By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

[LAGOS]

(GAMJI WRITER)

In the case of our Ajino-moto (or Kafi Zabo) government we are investing N719m in one house built purely as a lodge for the Governor or key Government officials. There is no provision in the building for rental accommodation, therefore nothing will be contributed to Kano treasury from the project. The house will continue to consume resources for maintenance, the cost of which will increase with time. Besides, the house is being constructed by Julius Berger, a company whose construction of the Abuja stadium is reportedly said by no less an authority than the World Bank to cost Nigeria twice what it should. If we took the Abuja stadium as a guide we should assume that this Governor’s lodge, even as designed, could be built at about N360 million. Details

 

The Oputa Panel: Those Who May Not Attend. By Mike Ikhariale

[Massachusetts, USA]

(GAMJI WRITER)

There can be no better evidence of some of the Panel’s success than in the damning revelations the Mustaphas, Diyas and other good-for-nothing-generals have made to a perplexed nation. Evidently, the “why’, the “who" and the “how“ of the ruination of Nigeria became a little clearer to victimized Nigerians. Details

 

Canonising A Carpenter. By Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo

(GAMJI)

The arrest of Ganiyu Adams no doubt compels us to take a good look at our concept and administration of justice, but it should not be too obvious just because a Yoruba warlord is on trial. Have you forgotten that the likes of Mohammed Abacha who has been in detention since only God knows when also have fundamental rights under the constitution of the federal republic? The issue is that the dilemma of Gani Adams is forcing the Yorubas to speak with both sides of their mouths. Details

 

Ojukwu and the Nigerian Unity. By Odindu Odunze Ph.D. 

[Utah, USA]

(GAMJI)

On his Nigerian patriotism Ojukwu wrote, “Nigeria, My Nigeria,” etcetera, etcetera. Somewhere else in his book he also wrote, “I have been and remain firmly Nigerian.” Again I hold these as eternal persuasions of a patriot except that the current political actions and callous utterances of the gentleman run diametrically opposed to the above citations on his faith in one Nigeria. And I would like anyone to prove me wrong. Details

 

I am Fed Up. By Babayola Muhammadu Toungo

[KADUNA]

(GAMJI)

Those calling for Adams release in my opinion are accessories before and after the fact of his atrocities.  In a civil society, anyway.  Critterdocks educated me that we took the identity Hausa – Fulani to gain numerical strength, for whatever reason I don’t know.  For your information Mr. Critterdocks, it was your Southwest axis press that coined the phrase Hausa – Fulani when it was fanciful to lump all the tribes north of the Niger as Hausa – Fulani. Details

 

The Shame of Kaduna. By Muhammadu Hussaini 

[ABUJA]

(GAMJI)

For those of us who don’t hail from Kaduna (thank God), we just cannot understand the insane intolerance of the Kaduna people even after the marvelous job of the Governor, Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, at straightening out the areas of friction and he is still at it. Details

 

Text of a Press Conference Paper Presented by Tafawa-Balewa  Muslim Community on the Recent Disturbance in Tafawa-Balewa and Environs. By Salisu Shehu 

On Friday 15th June 2001 the Sayawa Christians staged a violent demonstration in Tafawa-Balewa township chanting –‘ba ma so’ meaning, ‘we don’t like’ Sharia. They claimed to be protesting against Sharia by that violent demonstration. It has been characterised as such (violent) because there were a number of physical assault against some of the respected Muslim Community leaders in the Local Government AreaDetails

 

Bill Against Dictators: Selective or Uniform Ban? Should it Apply to Obasanjo. By Kenn Emetulu

(GAMJI)

As we speak, the Chief of Army Staff is  doing his best to dispel rumours of a coup. It’s all part of this problem  and until the civil populace realise that it is in their hands to really  return the Armed Forces to true professionalism, these sort of rumours,  these sort of problems would remain the norm. Details 

 

Is the mind really above matter? By Michael O. Folorunso

(GAMJI)

In conclusion it seems to me that this new wave of appending picture to an article has no useful purpose, except vanity. Well, in the case where the editor feels that we the readers must know the writer then maybe a picture may then be associated with the writer. Which is more important , the news or the news bearer? I rest my case. Details

 

Akwa Ibom People: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. By N. H. Ibanga 

[SPEECH: 1st ANNUAL AKWA IBOM PEOPLE'S CONGRESS]

(GAMJI)

Ladies and gentlemen, it is high time Akwa Ibom educated picked up the mantle of leadership they dropped several decades ago after they had shown the country the right way forward. It is necessary to take a quick peek at the future, then look back at the past and the present in order to plan for the future. Details

 

The IBOM Peoples’ Independence: The True Meaning

Presented by Edemma Udoh

[Address to the Ibom Congress at the Akwa Ibom National Convention U.S.A. ]

(GAMJI)

We must not shy away from the word Sovereign  to describe the said conference, for sovereignty should belong and reside in the peoples and is not devolved from an illegitimate process. And in any case according to Ledum Mitee of Mosop, “ since Nigeria is being run like business on oil wealth, it might be time we started talking about ONE BARREL, ONE VOTE”. The details of these can be thrashed out at a future seminar. Details

 

State of Our Parties. By Bello Muhammad Sharada

[KANON DABO]

(GAMJI)

Less than two years to the government  inception, agitation for more political parties gained  foothold. Political groupings and association are now  turning to full-pledged parties seeking INEC’s consent  to operate legally. Details

 

Bashing and Blasting Buhari. By M. O. Ené

(GAMJI)

On Sunday, August 26, at the first national convention of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN) in the Arewa House, Kaduna, Buhari boasted: "I will continue to show openly and inside me, the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria; God willing we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the sharia legal system in the country." Details

 

Transition to modernity II; NASRI- Nigerian Armed Forces Strategic Recovery Initiative. By William Etim Bassey

(GAMJI)

I’m suggesting the principle for rebuilding overall capacity for the Nigerian armed forces based on Boyd’s concept of “People-Ideas-Hardware”; a concept based on robust training and re-training sometimes at the expense of procurement. Details

 

Who Owns Kano? Ilorin and the crisis of Fulani identity. By Femi Awoniyi

[SPEYER, GERMANY]

(GAMJI)

In the Ilorin matter, a word is so sensitive that one side of the conflict avoids using it (See Daily Trust and Weekly Trust reports on gamji). It's a word that won't cross the lips of Emir Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, Abubakar Olusola Saraki, Alfa Babatunde Belgore and other defenders of the status quo in the town. The word is ”Fulani”. None of these men has ever come out to say yes, I am Fulani or that Ilorin belongs to the Fulanis. Details

 

Ethnic Resentment. By Max Ilusin

(GAMJI)

It is obvious that certain individuals like to talk utter nonsense about subjects they have not read around or researched. The Jan 1966 coup being a case in point. We have AA and Sanusi L. Sanusi telling us that Igbo soldiers killed northerners and did not harm any Igbos. Yet they totally ignore the fact that officers called Ademoyega, Oyewole, and Banjo took part in, and were among the coup's conspiratorial group. Are these Igbo names? Details

 

Transition to Modernity: “Nigerian Military ” By William Etim Bassey

[NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA]

(GAMJI)

The morale and ethos of the military must be re-nurtured. Politicians, especially in new democracies like Nigeria’s lack the educative knowledge base to guide reform in institutions like the armed forces. In Nigeria’s case, civilians, the likes of Prof. Omo Omoruyi who have the capacity and having researched challenges faced by the armed forces should be part of a think tank to reform the armed forces, today find themselves polarized from governance. Details

 

OBJ: Ordering Bugle Jackpot. By Paul Mamza

[AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI)

Chief Tony Anenih’s earlier declaration about the possible occupation of potential military enforcers, aimed at securing the entire political space through an authoritarian commands did present a resplendent symptoms of a political neurosis Nigerians will suffer in the near future. The insidious sadism contained in “Mr. Fix’s no vacancy in ASO ROCK by 2003” slogan was a calculated attempt at outmaneuvering the conventional and impressionable methods of conducting a free and fair elections in Nigeria with the intention of ruining the system into a terminal political dispute. Details

 

The Oputa led Panel: A Witch-hunt in disguise? By Amaechi E. Egwim

(GAMJI)

Mr. President, how come all the Yoruba military officers of note appearing before the justice Oputa panel are victims of human right violation even when there are incontrovertible evidence that they may have participated in the worst human right abuse in the history of Nigeria. Why Mr. President, Why? Details

 

Education in the North, Facing the Challenge: A Response to Kurawa's Article. By Baba El-Yakubu Jibril

[RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA]

(GAMJI)

Go to the markets, farms, mosques, etc. to spread the gospel of education as a means of empowerment. As a Scottish proverb has it, "it is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness". You may have a better method, but the idea is to have direct interaction with the masses and release them from shackle of ignorance. Details

 

BONNIE: Correcting A Skewed Picture. By  Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo

[SWEDEN]

(GAMJI)

I am beginning to feel that the man at the helm of affairs in Adamawa State either does not understand the dynamics of the various tendencies that constitute the state or is confounded by them. I was in the state recently and it is still the same old countryside that I have always known. I looked at the state capital and find no changes from a decade ago. Details

 

Refocusing the Oputa Commission: Re-Orienting Omoruyi's Mindset

By. Babayola Muhammadu Toungo

[KADUNA]

(GAMJI)

Professor Omo Omoruyi, remember him?  He was among General Babangida’s intellectual minions; those academic guns for hire that were IBB’s think tank that only succeeded in misadvising the General...We are interested in knowing Omoruyi’s role in IBB’s government and political dribbles that earned the amiable General the nickname “Maradona”.  Omoruyi shall come out and tell Nigerians the role he played in annulling the party primaries of 1991 and how it went on to affect the fortunes of the parties.  He should also be man enough to let us know his role in the failure of the government to register any of the thirteen political parties that were asked to submit truckloads of documents only to be denied registration. Details

 

Soldier on Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. By Adamu Muhammad

[ABUJA]

(GAMJI)

As pointed out by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi that the decision of the Kano State to commit a whopping N719 million to construct a "governor's lodge" for the comfort of "His Royal Excellency" is to say the least a misplaced priority when the state cannot boast of uninterrupted water supply in the metropolis not to mention the rural areas. Details

 

Ndigbo, Please 'Flog' Nzeribe! By Paul Mamza

[AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI)

The Igbo people have a lot to gain in future by allowing the organic growth of politics amongst them through shielding of unauthentic politicians like Nzeribe. Chief William Wiberforce Chuba Okadigob a superb politician with Charismatic epithet is an estimable gentleman of high esteem that the Ndigbo needs to rally round and encourage. Detail

 

Why They Hate Nigeria. By Michael Ikhariale

(GAMJI)

Yes, bad news sells well but that should not be at the expense of the positive ones. No one nation has a monopoly of bad news. The words “crime” and “corruption” are not African terms, neither is the idea they convey limited to any particular society. We are not unaware that not a few people are unhappy that Nigeria is on her way to both political and economic recovery. Details

 

2003 and the IBB Enigma. By Nurudeen Abdulsalami 

(GAMJI)

Senator Ike Nwachukwu with Umaru Shinkafi as Vice President does not look like a bad idea. There indeed could be other good ideas in this regard. Then Aliyu Gusau gets Defense, Akilu gets NSA, Ukpo gets Chief-of-Staff, Rimi get Foreign Affairs, experienced diplomats like Dove-Edwin gets the UN, Atiku gets a consolation of Ambassador to the United States, etc. Details

 

The Igbo and Nigerian Presidency: The Fundamentals. By Ogaranya Uju Nkwocha Afulezi, Ph.D. Duru Akwukwo III of Umuohiagu

(GAMJI)

The Igbo need a brand new organization that will be exclusively devoted to empowering them economically and politically. This organization should not be a mass movement, nor a cultural organization, rather, it should be a powerhouse, heartbeat, remote-control, war-room proactive, and exclusive organization. Details

 

Back to Oputa: Counter reply to Prof. Omo Omoruyi, Dr Nwabuzor and Critterdocs. By Modibbo R Hammantukur

[UNITED KINGDOM]

On Professor Omoruyi, I started following his writings from his 'reply to Jaji', old enough for me to know him through to this moment. My reply to him was suggestive of the fact that by calling for apology on June 12 now, he is purely flogging the dead donkey. What apology is required more than giving the presidency to the Yoruba...Short and simple, if critterdocs says Buhari is not a Fulani then it is critterdocs who is a blind historian and an ignorant person and not me. The other Generals are the ones to say they are not Hausa/Fulani, you can't say it for them. Details

 

The Arrest of Ganiyu Adams: Matters Arising. By Babayola Muhammadu Toungo

(GAMJI)

There was a story on the NTA Network news on the August 22nd informing Nigerians that Ganiyu Adams, the authentic leader of OPC (my opinion) was finally apprehended in Lagos.  This story was repeated in all the Dailies the following day.  Big deal.  Where were the arresting authorities when the illiterate carpenter was busy making threats in Ilorin in front of thousands of people including pressmen?  And as to be expected, his side-kick Fasheun promised the government and people of Nigeria thunder and brimstone should Mr. Adams spent a day more than necessary in detention. Details

 

The Priorities Before Our Elected Representatives While in Beijing. By Danladi Musa Dakata

[SHANGAI UNIVERSITY, CHINA]

(GAMJI)

I would like to emphasize to the Nigerian Authorities while in Beijing that they should cast aside any agenda (if there is any ) of hoping to obtain from the Chinese government any form of financial assistance/ Aid or debt relief/cancellation. Nigeria can not and must not live by the begging bowl. Details

 

The New Afenifere 'Dance'. By Paul Mamza

(GAMJI)

Nigeria is a strange nation wobbling around strange delusions. In fact you have to be a strange man in  order to possess the amiable credentials of a  Nigerian. The political terrain is marked by strange  circumstances and happenings heavily beautified by  strange fellows who parade as politicians while in  real sense are phoney journeymen. Details

 

Political Generals Should Go to Oputa no Negotiation. By Professor Omo Omoruyi

(GAMJI)

Nigerians would want to know through the Oputa Commission whether it was coincidental that Chief Abiola should die at the end of this period? Nigerians would want to know what was the hurry in rushing him at a particular time to the Aguda House to be before the US delegations? Details

 

My Reaction to the Arrest of Gani Adams. By Lanre Banjo, CPA Washington, D.C.

(GAMJI)

However, we must not fold our arms and allow him to be poisoned like Chief M. K. O. Abiola, shot dead, or maltreated.  I call on the Federal Government to charge him with an offence(s) for which he was arrested within 24 hours to avoid the wrath of the masses that Gani has been fighting for 

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Education in the North: Some Challenges. By Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa

(GAMJI)

It is commendable that northern governors under the leadership of Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar focused the attention of their people on the state of education in the north. The state governors have made several efforts to address the challenge of providing quantitative and qualitative education for their people. Details

 

Liaison Officers and NAPEP – I Beg to Disagree Mr. President. By Sanni Daura

(GAMJI)

I beg to disagree Sir, that PLOs will not be appointed. No! what I mean is that it is not totally correct to say that PLOs will not be appointed. They  have already been appointed by the President. Maybe he doesn’t know.  Maybe he is playing politics. Maybe he is playing games. Details

 

AIDS and Health Trust Fund: Encouraging Signs but Greater Action is Still Needed. By Ronald V. Dellums, Jack Kemp, Chinua Akukwe, Melvin Foote

 [PRESS RELEASE]

(GAMJI)

We are encouraged that within a short period of time, more than $1.4 billion dollars in pledges and contributions have been made to the United Nations-brokered Global AIDS and Health Trust Fund. Details

 

Title: Man Creating

By  Dr Banu Az-Zubair, M. K.

(GAMJI)

In the scientific attempt to comprehend Existence, the new physics of relativity and quantum theories, along with the new cosmology have been said to have altered man’s view of reality so much, Details

 

Kano state, Governor Kwankwaso and public commentators. By Mohammed Wailare

(GAMJI)

There is one public commentator who for a reason best known to him, decided to share with public his own personal problem with the Governor and in the process he... Details

 

GSM Prices In Nigeria, Are They Really Too High?

By Ambrose Nwadike

(GAMJI)

In the beginning, the newspaper headlines read: ‘Hooray, something has gone well at last in Nigeria;’ ‘Nigeria achieves a feat most countries dream of,’ etc. Details

 

The Menace Of Notorious 'Yan Daba

By Bello Muhammad Sharada

(GAMJI)

For the most part of Shagari’s regime, especially in Kano, people remained in total insecurity. Buhari listed menace of ‘Yan Daba as one of pretexts for him to ousted the civilians. Details

 

Monday Quarter-Backing : Of Oputa, Diya, Al-Mustapha and Abdusalami Abubakar 

By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D. 

[Burtonsville, MD, USA]

(GAMJI)

I have, like everybody else and his Nigerian mother, been following the Oputa Panel proceedings very closely, reading every bit of them that I can lay my hands on. I can't wait till Details

 

Where Awolowo Stopped II 

 The Middle Belt Project 

By Ahmed Tafida Jalingo 

(GAMJI)

Chief Awolowo tried the might of the North in the 1st republic got frustrated and tried a coup plot which earned him the prison term he served... Details

 

GSM Technology: Has Africa been cheated again?

By Ambrose Nwadike

(GAMJI)

GSM is one of the second generation (2G) technologies deployed. It successfully conquered most of the world’s markets apart from Japan and parts of North America and...Details

 

Ethinic Nationalities Conference, The Dececption And The Honorable Senators. .

By Odindu Odunze Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

I write in regard to the current elite power struggle in our fledging democracy, brought about by those who call for a sovereign conference of the ethnic nationalities to determine constitutional modalities. If Nigerians agree that the proposed conference is to search for the Details

 

Mathew Kukah's Sophistry

By Umar Bello 

[Kaduna Nigeria]

(GAMJI)

Reverend Father Mathew Kukah’s article entitled "Buhari agoniste and Sundry matters", which appeared on many dailies, is a quintessential sophistry. The write up is  Details

 

Farewell Stone Age Nigeria

By Ambrose Nwadike

(GAMJI)

The four GSM licenses recently issued are expected to help change the lives of 120 million Nigerians at home and abroad. Details

 

The Portrait of a Civilian Dictator:

By Paul Mamza

[AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI)
Though people unconsciously had coursed to rejoice the celebrities of  democratic rule in Nigeria after long time of military rule, the true  democratic mind-sets are yet to Details

 

The Kwankwso Phenomenon

By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

(GAMJI)

The governor's strategy is based on twin foundations. First he surrounds himself with provincials and places key-posts in the hands of rural elite. Secondly, he employs all the power at his disposal in Details

 

Reply to Omo Omoriyi on Danjuma, Buhari, Babangida and Abubakar. By Modibbo R. Hammantukur [UNITED KINGDOM]

(GAMJI)

Professor, it seemed to me in your article you were only out to poison Obasanjo's mind and scuttle the Details

 

Reconciliation in Nigeria: The Oputa Case.

By  Paul Mamza 

[AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI)

Agreeably, there were human rights abuses in the past by previous state organs and their operators, but the selectively in handling of cases targeted a Details

 

State Faith Based Schools:  The Tasks Ahead

By Abdulsalam Olatubosun Ajetunmobi

[ London, United Kingdom ]

(GAMJI)

From an international perspective; almost all the European countries have religious education (Christian) in their schools though some have a provision for religious minorities to.. Details

 

Refocusing the OPUTA Commision (2) 'the military.

By Prof. Omo Omoruyi, Research Fellow, ASC, Boston University, [Boston, USA]

(GAMJI)

Now that the Commission moved to Abuja, it should have been an opportunity for the Generals Babangida, Buhari, Abubakar and Danjuma to VOLUNTARILY appear at... Details

 

Of Tilde & the Dividends of Democracy in Gombe.  By  Abubakar Sadiq 

[GOMBE, NIGERIA] 

(GAMJI)

Tilde, mark you is still a columnist after my heart, as he probably was the only journalist able to effectively stand up to the PDP federal government’s anti-Shari’ah shenanigans. Tilde is yet again the man who did me, and all Muslims proud with his well thought out arguments on the Hajj, despite the feeble Atiku defenses of his boys in the last Hajj. Details

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The Euphoric Republic of Biafra.  By

Odindu Odunze Ph.D. 

[UTAH, USA]

(GAMJI)

I would with candor ask the MASSOB to define its new Biafran territory because as I write, I am aware that the neighboring states of Abia, Rivers, and Imo do not have a unitive indigene status for their citizens. Note that these states are forty miles apart. None of the Igbo states has a unitized indigene relationship with the other. Details

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Obasanjo's Anti-Corruption Crusade. By Babayola Muhammadu Toungo 

[KADUNA, NIGERIA]

(GAMJI)

There was also the case of N125million purportedly given to the leadership of the NLC at the height of the strike on petroleum price increase; the accusations bandied about in the National Assembly that money changed hands before Okadigbo was removed as Senate President; the N4million displayed side by side with the mace and beamed throughout the world.  There are countless high profile cases that Nigerians are interested to see prosecuted not just some lowly officials in a parastatal that is already comatose. Details

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Sharia, Northern Ethnic and Religious Minorities, and the Federal government: A Perspective. By Musa A. Mbahi, M.D.

(GAMJI)

After exchanging few introductory pleasantries, the gentleman said to me: “So, you are a Northern Nigerian? Then, you must be a Muslim, you must be a Hausa Man, and you are here in the United States on Federal Government Scholarship”. Bemused, I asked how he could make such sweeping generalization about me after meeting me for only a few minutes? Details

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The Secessionist Confederalist and Why they Must Fail. By  Odindu Odunze Ph.D. 

[UTAH, USA]

(GAMJI)

To this day, Ojukwu cannot justify his cruel execution of major Emmanuel Ifeajuna. Ndigbo want to know why Ifeajuna and Alele were executed because such callous executions will resurface if Ndigbo remain naiveté to allow this nonsense about Biafra and confederacy. Details

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Sharia in the North: What Obasanjo Can Copy from Murtala. By Modibbo R Hammantukur 

[MANCHESTER, U.K.]

(GAMJI)

In Nigeria, the idea of Sharia suffered a political dilution, but no reasonable community in the whole world would ignore the under pins of Sharia principles. Even in the western hemisphere the Sharia is not new. There is Sharia Court of the United Kingdom conducting open sessions and aired on BBC. So the practice of Sharia in Nigeria must only be a question of how and not why. Details

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The Nigerian Privatisation Programme and National Development Policy. By Waziri H Ahmadu

[UNIVERSITY OF LONDON]

(GAMJI)

The government’s privatisation exercise is characterised by an unquestioning faith in the superiority of market liberalisation principles, with emphasis on transfer of ownership of productive assets from the public to private sector domains, to, purportedly, enhance productive efficiencies through active encouragement of competition, the rent-seeking behaviour of the average Nigerian businessman notwithstanding. Details

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A Rejoinder to Sina Awelewa's Article: "Why I am Still Proud to be a Nigerian".  By Amaechi E. Egwim

[NORTH CAROLINA, USA]

(GAMJI)

What we Nigerians have received are half measures and impositions.  Sina Awelewa Claims that the "Nigerian man or woman sees themselves (emphasis mine) as superior to any any other black person". While that claim may be true on the face value, it is only an illusion. Rather, what the Nigerian man or woman have shown is inability to understand what governance is all about. Details

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What Nigerians C an't A fford in the N ext P olitical D ispensation. By

Dr. Chukwuma Nwaonicha

(GAMJI)

Nigerians can't afford to experience another four years of redundancy, waste, inefficiency, cheat, bias, corruption, and hardship.  It's time Nigerians elect individuals with high moral values and standards into offices.  Caring individuals that can place the interest of Nigeria and its people first in all their doings should lead the nation.  Details

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Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu: A Real Soldier Eze Igbo gburu gburu.  By Emma Onyemaechi Egwim 

(GAMJI)

I thought Igbos have gone past Ojukwuism. But each time, some praise- singers who call themselves Igbos will once again remind us of this man. Unfoturnately, Ifyandonkey has put him/her self in that group of praise- singers. I'm sick and tired of people like Ifyandonkey who keep glorifying Ojukwu. Details

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Where Awolowo stopped. By Ahmed Tafida Jalingo

(GAMJI)

Therefore, the tail end of 1998 was the most confusing period in recent times for the whole Yoruba as a tribe and Western Nigeria as a region. Different and contrasting monopolistic organisations were formed; upward of a thousand meetings were held in the darkness of the nights, as the days were used for travelling to the next meeting point. At the end of it all, neither an alternative to the Obasanjo chosen for them by the North and East could emerge nor a formidable political party to float any alternative to the nation. Details

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The Super Eagles' Qualification of the World Cup: Matters Arising. By Ibiyinka Solarin

(GAMJI)

Apart from the fact that our fixation on some  foreign ‘expert’ makes us the laughing stock of the whole world, we do serious and incalculable damage to our national psyche and reputation by clinging to the belief that it is ONLY some expert from some where that can prepare our teams for world class  competition. Details

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Mohammed Haruna's Small Mind. By Babayola Muhammadu Toungo  

(GAMJI)

[KADUNA] 

A keenly discerning friend of mine once characterised Mallam Mohammed Haruna as a man with a first class brain but a third rate mind.  No description could be more apt.  Some other person quickly added that he was something of a prig.   But however way he is defined, one thing is inconvertible: with friends like Mohammed Haruna, you don’t need enemies. Details

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A Reply to Dr. Usman Bugaje's Rejoinder. By Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa

(GAMJI)

[KANO] 

However our position is not simply dependant on news stories on papers. As shown earlier our main contention regarding NEPA, in particular, are predicated on original NEPA sources, as paid advertisements in the newspapers. We did not quote news stories talk less of opinions. After all “news” according to a journalism guru “is the first rough draft of history”. Details

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If it Ain't Broken: Atiku and Privatisation in Nigeria. By Bala A. Muhammad

[SOUTH AFRICA]

(GAMJI)

Nigeria and South Africa are two of a kind, having both embarked on quite ambitious privatisation programmes. While it is almost fatuous to state that most utilities in South Africa – energy, telecommunications, water, transport – function almost as efficiently as in any industrialized country (the ANC having inherited, in 1994, a near-sound infrastructure), there is a direct contradistinction to the situation in Nigeria. Details

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Mohammed Haruna's True Colour. By Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu, FNSE

(GAMJI)

The subject of this article therefore, is not to argue for or against the views of the two writers.  Each is entitled to his opinion. But I find the reference made by Mohammed Haruna to Afri-Projects Consortium as an embodiment of alleged corrupt practices during the PTF years most uncharitable to say the least.  Matter of factly, it is absolutely irresponsible. Details

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2003: The Oputa Card. By Waziri H Ahmadu

[UNIVERSITY OF LONDON]

(GAMJI)

The game of brinkmanship between President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Northern Generals is approaching an interesting climax. Until now, none of the retired Generals really imagined that the man they actively put in power would turn against them in a desperate bid to continue in power. Details

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How Smart Are Our Elected Officials? By  Hilary Evbayiro

(GAMJI)

Considering the bewildering state of the economic imbroglio and social labyrinth in our society, it sounds profusely preposterous for anyone to attempt to place our so-called elected officials on the pedestal they do not belong or talk about them with unbridled euphuism as though they know right from wrong. Details

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Refocusing the Oputa Commission (Part 1) 'June 12'. By Professor Omo Omoruyi  

(GAMJI)

It is a matter of public knowledge that General Abubakar and the Service Chiefs were opposed to any thought of having Chief Abiola as part of the solution to the political impasse as long as the ‘ghost’ of Abacha was very much around Abuja during the thirty-day state mourning period.   Was it coincidental that Chief Abiola died at the end of this period?   Details

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‘Yar Adua's Death: Mohammed Haruna's Gaffe. By Babayola Muhammadu Toungo

(GAMJI)

A deep change has taken place in Haruna’s journalistic life from the time he lost his Citizen Magazine when he more or less became bitter with the whole world.  His appointment as Press Secretary to General Abdulsalam Abubakar was a rehabilitation of sorts, irrespective of what was said in respect of some missing N30 million.  Thereafter he turned himself into a gun for hire, particularly to General Ibrahim Babangida. Details

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Jumping the Gun: A Word of Caution for Oshiomole. By Abdul Basit Mukhtar

(GAMJI)

What Oshiomole does not seem to have considered is that his caution to the panel in respect of Abubakar squares with the case of Ransome-Kuti and Bamaiyi in respect of Obasanjo. In which case, he could be accused of working for Obasanjo. If Abubakar is allowed to sit at home, there is nothing to compel Obasanjo to answer Bamaiyi or Ransome-Kuti. Unless Oshiomole does not mind this or similar reading to his statement, he had better allowed members of the panel to do their job without any meddling.  Details

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Bless Us Oh Father.... For We Have Qualified for Japan 2002
Nigeria:3 Ghana:0.
By
Sasa Ayodele Olutimayin
[St. Petersburg, Russia]

(GAMJI)

It's just 30 minutes to kick off. I still cannot get myself out of the meditation mood. Many Nigerians have entered into their closets to pray, church doors are wide open as priests and pastors are making final prayers for the eagles. The Muslims have not been left out. Even the traditionalists have entered their shrines to make sacrifices. Today na today. Black Stars must fall. Details

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2003: Leadership Considerations. By Waziri H Ahmadu

[UNIVERSITY OF LONDON]

(GAMJI)

The truth is, Nigerians do not deserve this government that was, allegedly (with the benefit of hindsight), foisted on them. Many of those who believed in the abilities of Obasanjo (including me at the time) are forced to drastically change their minds. I, for instance, never imagined that two (2) years after Obasanjo is back in Aso Rock, that we would still be stuck in the economic and political quagmire that this country’s citizens now wallow in, whilst a few leaches grow fat on people’s miseries. Details

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A Ploy to Kill the Sharia. By Engr. Shehu Bukar and Nadabo Kallamu

(GAMJI)

First was the use of Col. M. Gaddafi--the Libyan leader who was hired to tell the Muslims in Nigeria to abandon the Sharia.  When Nigerian Muslim found out about the plan, the government itself discovered that Gaddafi has other plans for Nigeria, they abandoned this course of action. Details

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Gowon is a Credible Candidate for 2003. By Mohammed Kolawole Bot

(GAMJI)

Dr. Gowon is an uncontested hero of our civil war. He ably led our young country through a civil war despite his youth at the time. He has made history by his approach in reconciliation and re-unification of our country after the civil war. Moreover, since getting out of power he has been the only head of state we had who was humble enough to go back to school and learn! Details

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OPC More Divisive Than Sharia--Dr. Mahmud Tukur

[INTERVIEW]

(GAMJI)

"We who know it appreciate that the OPC killing of thousands of northerners over a period of months in Shagamu, Apapa, Ajegunle and Agege is more capable of tearing the country apart than the implementation of Sharia in Kano.  How many people died because of the expansion of Sharia in Zamfara state?" Details

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Deep-seated Uncertainty in Nigeria if Another Four Years of Obasanjo?

By Professor Omo Omoruyi  

(GAMJI)

The wave of organized endorsement of the President by various groups is ant-democratic if not fraudulent.   But the one by the PDP Governors in spite of their complaints and cry of marginalization by the people of the areas they govern further raises what I call the deep-seated uncertainty in Nigeria.   Do they see their endorsements of Chief Obasanjo for President or his election as inextricably tied to their fortune in politics?   I do not see it that way. Details

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The Buhari Agonist and Sundry Matters. By Dr. S. R. Aminu

(GAMJI)

For avoidance of doubt, the General has the right to any opinion just like any citizen of this country. Instead of blackmailing General Buhari, Reverend Kukah should advice the Archbishops that have being recklessly inciting war for the last 16 years, dancing, dining and wining with previous dictators. Some of them have already found jobs as campaign managers in Aso Rock for the next election. They are the ones that need to appreciate the diversity of our country and learn to be true elders.  Details

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Senator Fred Brume And Resource Control: Matters Arising. By Onoawarie Edevbie

(GAMJI)

Watch the debate on resource control and the chances are high that one will observe how sinister, efforts to undermine the rights and interests of the people of Niger Delta have become.  Resource control is now a favorite subject for cruel jokes and intellectual sophistry and dishonesty as one can infer from the series of essays by the likes of Bala Usman, Lamido Sanusi and their supporters. Details

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A Rejoinder to Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa's Article "Dim Light in the Dark Tunnel: The Northern Gas Pipeline Project". By  Dr. Usman Bugaje

(GAMJI)

I have known the cordial and fraternal relationships that the Vice President has with many Kano political and business leaders. It is out of the appreciation of what the Vice President has done for Kano that in a recent visit one of the urban roads in Kano was named after him.  Details

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HIV/AIDS Global Trust Fund: A Proposed Organizational Structure. By Chinua Akukwe and Melvin Foote

(GAMJI)

We propose a 34-member board of trustees, the highest decision making body of the Trust Fund.  The Board of Trustees should provide strategic leadership to the Trust Fund. The Board will approve requests for grant-funded programs after careful reviews and deliberations. Details

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OBJ: Operating Blurred Jeremiads. By  Paul Mamza 

[AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI)  

The luxuriant despairs and corruption index has confronted the high expectations echoed in Mr. President’s Inaugural Speech of May, 29th 1999 volte-face. If the vociferous resent on the breach of the law and perpetration of corruption / evil are cardinal thrust of our torch bearer’s own volition at the initial stage then the vitiate state of the nation’s tempo cannot be devoid of a transparency vol–au-vent. But it is improper to commiserate with a cad that deliberately prefers to be a colossus of comatose. Details

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The Suit by the Federal Government of Nigeria Against the Littoral States of Southern Nigeria Is Immoral. By Urhobo Historical Society

(NIGER DELTA CONGRESS)

Among the numerous graffiti left behind at Odi by invading Nigerian soldiers are the following two: “We were sent by government to kill and burn your community, take heart” and “Odi people, no be our fault na ona government.” The soldiers who did the deeds of destroying Odi apparently believed that they were obeying Government’s orders and that they were thus justified. Details

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Genocide in Rwanda and Nigeria: Manipulating facts to Convict Bola Ige: A  Rejoinder to Dr. Abubakar Siddique Mohammed. By Femi Awoniyi

[SPEYER, GERMANY]  

(GAMJI)

In conclusion, I suspect that the articles ”The Role of Chief Bola Ige in the Destabilisation of Nigeria”  and "Chief Bola Ige and Genocide in Rwanda and Nigeria" are meant to blackmail all of us from critically examining the role of Fulanis in Nigerian history and politics, and the crucial part that role plays in our contemporary woes. Details

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Going Back to the Basics. By  Paul Mamza

[AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI)  

The massive detonations of diversion and lack of implementation of poverty programmes find reverberation around weak discipline instincts. The brutal subjugation of the largely corrupt poor under an insidious corruptly tense system had further enhanced the disabilities of the Nigerian nation. Details

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Marriage in Islam. By Lawal Bashir

(GAMJI)  

Another purpose of marriage is to respond to the basic biological instinct of procreation. The development of family is an essential ingredient of Islamic society. Children are to be brought up with all the fatherly and motherly care. Details

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Dim Light in the Dark Tunnel: The Northern Gas Pipeline Project. By Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa 

(GAMJI)

The Federal Government will soon extend gas pipelines from the southern part  of the country to Abuja and Kaduna to enable private investors to set up fertilizer companies that will serve the northern states[9].  Once again Kano, the most hated northern state has been left out. Vice President Atiku made public his disdain for Kano and Sokoto. Details

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The simplicity of Economic Policy. By Bala Mohammed Liman

(GAMJI)

The current Circular from the CBN dated July 10th 2001 was a jolt to the state governments. They have literally had the carpet pulled from under their feet. The reasoning as the CBN governor tried to make us understand is that the state and local governments are over extending themselves at a time when revenues are already high and not saving any of the excess funds accruing to them. Details

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“Educational Reform: A case for Public-Private Sector links in Lagos State”. By Abdulsalam Olatubosun Ajetunmobi
[LONDON]

(GAMJI)

So, can any government in this modern age alone manage educational system; satisfy the parental choice and meet the aspiration of individual parents in all ramifications without the needed co-operation from both sides? I doubt very much. Some might think this is something of a pretentious drivel – an attempt to impose a pattern where there is none. Details

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The North Under Systemic Siege: Burdens of Discarding "Fundamentals" for Negative "Yakamatas". By Ahmadu Abubakar

[ABUJA, THE NATION'S CAPITAL]

(GAMJI)

The North is clearly under systemic siege.  This is obvious and known to all of us.  An air of helplessness is palpable; a feeling of despondency has become overbearing; a sense of the unknown has seized our sense of being. Details

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Confusing the Public Spirit: Tukur & Co.: A critique of "The Nigerian Condition" by Dr. Mahmud Tukur. By Femi Awoniyi

[GERMANY]

(GAMJI)

From the foregoing, it is clear that Mahmud Tukur and his fellow Fulani intellectuals and politicians are not ready to participate in any honest debate to find a solution to the country's woes, but are out to make dialogue impossible.  Details

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Bola Ige Better Bail Out. By M. O. Ene

(GAMJI)

Nigeria’s attorney general and minister of justice Chief Bola Ige has become an enigma. Every time he speaks lately, I worry about Nigeria. I don’t worry because the country is going to hit rock bottom–- it is not far off. No, I worry because the minister appears bent on sowing wind. Details

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Why Nigeria Must Discover Its Future. By Abdulsalam Olatubosun Ajetunmobi 

[LONDON]

(GAMJI)

In one breadth however, our leader, President Olusegun Obasanjo is unresponsive to the calls for the confab in his own right while believing that the current entity called Nigeria is sacrosanct and therefore not subject to negotiation. Is that the right course for our leader to take when it is increasingly clear to everyone that democracy, in the modern age, is rarely an exercise in idealism? Details

 

What Reverend Kukah Did Not Say About the Buhari Palaver. By Modibbo R. Hammantukur [UNITED KINGDOM]

(GAMJI)

Mr. Solomon Lar's hyper reaction has called for concern under African democratic setup of mutual respects. There was also an implied remark by the Defence Minister, General T.Y. Danjuma (retired) which seemed to show an attack on the defunct Petroleum (Special) Trust Foundation (PTF), which also does not sound well and correct. If such venomous and willful attacks continue, can't we then wonder if it is the north and not the nation that needs a sovereign conference? Details

 

I am not from Wazobia – I no be gentleman like that. By N. H. Ibanga

(GAMJI)

I was born a Nigerian. I like the Nigeria I was born into. I would like to die a Nigerian. There is ample evidence that the Nigeria I grew up in has ceased to exist. In its place is something called Wazobia, a tripod none of whose legs is me, but whose member I am told I am compelled to be. Let me unequivocally state here that I am not a Wazobian - I no be gentleman like that. Details

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Chief Bola Ige and Genocide in Rwanda and Nigeria. By Abubakar Siddique Mohammed, Ph.D.  

(CEDDERT)

As a political scientist, I know the dangers of power. I know that, if power falls into the hands of genocidaires, people filled with racist and tribal hatred, it is very dangerous, as the examples of Rwanda have amply demonstrated. Having followed the political career of Chief Bola Ige since my secondary school days, I know how dangerous he could be if a mistake is made to trust him with power. My motivation for wanting to stop him is derived from this knowledge of him. More so knowing fully well that genocide is not a spontaneous action of the street mob.  Details

 

Assault on a People. By Wada Nas

When he [President Obasanjo]  made us promise in May 1999, he was not new to governance.  He knew miracles couldn’t be achieved and also knew what was realistically achievable.  He knew more than these and so made a lot of miraculous promises of realistic targets based on his personal estimation and assessment freely made without inputs from the people, only to verbally assault them two years later after raising their hopes to high heavens. Details

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OBJ: One Big Joker. By   Paul Mamza

[AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI)

If actions can serve as indicators to depict intention the premature declaration of Obasanjo as a likely candidate come 2003 amidst high insensitivity of his government will present him as one of the big jokers ready for a showdown in the next general elections. It is my pleasure to conduct the orchestra in the political background. Details

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Cowards in Power. By  Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER)  

Under the Abacha regime, Jerry Gana was minister incharge of information. He was in a position then to have exposed the lootings of the governors and their godfather. He never did so. One thing we remember clearly was how one of his aides demanded and received “dash" from foreign editors unknown to him that there was a secret camera around. Until the editors exposed it Gana said nothing and not quite sure what to do to the aide...It amounts to moral bankruptcy for Professor Jerry Gana who served under Abacha to start hawking insults on the persons of those who served along with him... If anybody is to insult Abacha, certainly Professor Gana should not be the man and if he is one, then we don’t know what to call him. Details

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Telecommunications and the Future of Nigeria. By Sal Yarima

(GAMJI)

NITEL is about to be sold, privatized or perhaps auctioned off. How important is this? Selling the major telecommunications company in Nigeria to a foreign firm means it would be easier to eavesdrop (listen or monitor) Nigerian calls. Which means when a Senator from Abuja calls his wife in the East, people in the intelligence community in Europe for instance would be listening to such calls. Details

 

Atiku Abubakar, Jacob Zuma: A Tale of Two VPs. By Bala A. Muhammad

(GAMJI)

A striking similarity between Atiku and Zuma hit me when I heard the South African deputy president say that he had such a poor rural childhood which prevented him from attending school. Interestingly, Atiku had said the exact same words Details

 

North's New Roles. By  Paul Mamza

(GAMJI)

My appeal to all Northerners is that they should be able to forget their differences by imbibing the spirit of forgiveness. For instance, what crime did Buhari committed that Alhaji Umaru Dikko cannot forgive? What is between General Buhari and General Babangida that cannot be forgotten? Details

 

Shariah:  Federal Government's Political and Victory for Muslims. By  Abdullahi Doki

(GAMJI)

The fact however remains that unless the Shariah governors in Nigeria want Shariah to be in the status of what secularism has done to Muslims in Turkey, Muslims in Nigeria must not relinquish responsibilities of Shariah to the Federal Government. Details

 

Address by the Director General/Chief Executive, Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT) Zaria, Dr. Mahe Dange, MFR, mni, fcit (Yariman Sakkwato)

The Chief Executives of Mass Transit Agencies expressed worry over the declining stock of transport infrastructure and the ever increasing demand for transport services in all modes of transportation, in the country especially in urban centres.

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Address by the Honourable Minister of Transport, Chief Ojo Maduekwe

The abrogation of the Federal Urban Mass Transit Agency (FUMTA) by government therefore, is a further step to decentralize and eliminate urban biases and encourage rural private investors to participate in the national economic order and indeed, global trade through the provision of transportation for rural goods and services. Details

 

Industrializing Nigeria the Correct Way. By Sal Yarima

(GAMJI)

Three major programs that His Excellency President Obasanjo can put into action that would provide immediate results within two years are the manufacturing of automobile parts, manufacturing of software programs and an allied health program called the Physician Assistant Program (PA-Proram). 

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Democracy and Freedom of Choice: Still a Mirage in Nigeria. By Ritchie Ejiofor, Esq.

(GAMJI)

Bail is never free in Nigeria and corruption has become glorified within that institution. This is widely known truth, the late Fela, Afro musician aptly stated in one of his music album, that the police station is comparable to a bank and the inspector general is the managing director…he was only saying the obvious fact. Details

Brain Drain is a Euphemism for Modern Slavery. By Okenwa R. Nwosu, M.D.

(GAMJI)

Africans have since acquired sophisticated skills and education that ought to begin to alter the quality of life of its peoples in tangible ways. Unfortunately, educated and skilled Africans stay to help their kith and kin on the continent only if they cannot find the means to get out and emigrate for greener pastures elsewhere. Details

 

Mr. President, Please Do Not Make Things Worse…By Sal Yarima

(GAMJI)

Late General Abacha seems to be the only leader who ever listened to good advice about how to manage the Nigerian economy. All other leaders seem to think, if an adviser is not white (European or Caucasian) then that adviser does not know what he or she is talking about. Details

 

The Struggle to Liberate Women in African Society: Fight Against Tradition? By Ritchie Ejiofor

(GAMJI)

The totally liberation of women in African society on a westernized society comparison is going to be a hard drawn battle. It would not be achieved on the pages of newspapers but by practical realist approach, lobby and defiance of the traditions which has for long subjugated the women to a realm that they are considered unequal with their male folks. Details

 

The Nigerian-US Pact: 'Fine Prints' Recipe for Danger; Whither National Assembly!

By Professor Omo Omoruyi  

[IN RETROSPECT]

(GAMJI WRITER)

The US might have defined her national security interest in Africa and came to the conclusion and rightly of course, that ‘Nigeria is critical to the US National Security Interest’ and that ‘President Olusegun Obasanjo will be a trusted instrument of its implementation’.  

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Basic Needs and Redistributive Justice in Islam--The Panacea to Poverty in Nigeria. By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

(GAMJI WRITER)

Nigerian Muslim revival takes the form of a robust return to the purity of worship ('Ibadah) and the uncompromising application of Shariah Law. These twin foundations find expression in a struggle against bid'ah (or innovation) and an obsession with the hudud or fixed punishments in the Islamic code. However, this commitment to the origin is not accompanied by a progressive political ideology aimed at liberating Muslim people from the poverty and illiteracy which has been their lot under our new-breed Muslim leaders. Details

 

A Passionate Friendly Appeal to General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida: Apologize to Nigerians for June 12 and June 23. From Professor Omo Omoruyi, mni

(GAMJI)

General, may I therefore counsel you that you do not need to name the persons who misled you as you felt you would not be able to do for personal security of the persons involved...General you will need to formally apologize to the Nigerian people...General may humbly and sincerely appeal to you that the June 23 of this year is the opportunity for you to do so. Details

 

Senseless but Ceaseless Talks. By Paul Mamza

[ABU ZARIA]

(GAMJI)

Situations have gone berserk of itself, the atmosphere charged with suspicion and patience has reached the brink of brittleness. People should not therefore trust any one again except their kinsmen, cultural links and religious partners. Details

 

Sarakuna (Traditional Rulers) and the North. By Yinusa Salihu

(GAMJI)

I have to be  honest in that I'm not sure how much money governments give the  Sarakuna in compensation for their services, but I'm sure it is not enough.  It should be remembered that the traditional rulers have large extended family that they have to maintain. Details

 

The Phasing Out of the African. By Sal Yarima

(GAMJI)

Transparency International (TI) recently acknowledged Nigeria as the second most corrupt country in the world. How impressive, suddenly Nigeria has moved by one step from the most corrupt country within a few months. How did this occur? What were the measuring statistics used? What were the variables? How many government officials were actually indicted of corrupt practices? How did such an organization arrive at its conclusions? No known surveys were conducted in Nigeria except perhaps it was done in secret and if so, how valid were the conclusions? Details

 

The Nigerian Farrago. By Soboyejo Alaba Akinboyede Awosika-Coker

(GAMJI)

Obasanjo’s recent display of coy nepotism, with the appointment of Muktar Shagari, the proven son of a proven mal-administrator, goes to show how unserious this farmer is, regarding the resuscitation of the Nigerian dream. Details

 

A Nigerian Military for Democracy Not Yet: 'Retreat" is Diversionary; Go to a 'National Conference'. By Professor Omo Omoruyi

(GAMJI)

I recall I made two points, which are still critical to the fundamental restructuring of the armed forces today. One is that a highly "ethnicized" military should not be expected to do justice to all ethnic nationalities in Nigeria. The other is that highly politicized armed forces should not be expected to support a free, fair and credible election in Nigeria. Details

 

Abacha Exposed. By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER)

Yes, Abacha let “looting traces”, and that is why they have been harassing his widow and orphans.  According to the new theory, other past heads of state, apparently including Obasanjo also "looted" but left no traces and so they are not being investigated.  Forget the fact that the Justice Minister was instructed, in writing, by Saint Obasanjo, to TRACE only Abacha loots and those of his associates!  No such letter was written in respect of other or any other Nigerian for that matter.  Talk of tracing Abacha “loot”, talk of no traces of others. Details

 

Towards a Sustainable Nigeria-The Environment. By

Mrs. Fati Kazim-Olubodun

(GAMJI)

I have read recently of gari shortage, bean shortage etc. and I agree that the solution to the problem of filling one's stomach is paramount in everybody's mind, but an unhealthy and polluted environment if unchecked is the bedrock for many ailments, diseases and untimely death even with a full stomach. Details

 

That Adesanya Broadcast [DAILY TRUST EDITORIAL]

Another unusual aspect of the anniversary this year is the unparalleled 24-minutes 'broadcast' by the leader of the pan-Yoruba cultural organization, the Afanifere, senator Abraham Adesanya on the network service of the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA. This action in itself is an affront to a federal, indissoluble and a united Nigeria. This action in itself is an affront to a federal, indissoluble and a united Nigeria. This act is an assault on the sobriety of the Nigerian government and it is still a surprise that the federal government has kept mute over the broadcast which has inadvertently converted the June 12 irredentists into a parallel government. Details

 

IBB Must Not Apologize. By Paul Mamza [ABU ZARIA]

(GAMJI)

On the appeal by eminent personalities such as the executive Governor of Yobe state, Alhaji Bukar Abba Ibrahim calling on IBB to apologize for the annulment of June 12, election, I am of the view that the appeals are unwarranted and uncalled for, considering the  forces that enforced the annulment vis-à-vis the politicians of that time and the official decisions that motivated it. For IBB alone to be isolated to apologize for the annulment is just like asking President Olusegun Obasanjo to apologize for the Chief Arthur Nzeribe's in both cases being central to two shuttlement processes. Details

 

"NDIGBO WAKEUP": A  Reply to Jita-Jita on Igbo Stand on Confederation, Resource Control, National Conference, and Sharia Issues Facing Nigeria. By Ugo Harris

(GAMJI)

In Conclusion,  we have to learn from this new democracy dispensation that the only way for Nigeria to move forward is  to learn from each other positive things and to dialogue on issues affecting us, as we are having all the Zones talking and learning from each other and it is no time for competition but to move Nigeria forward. Details

 

'Vote only for Muslims': What I really said. By General Muhammadu Buhari

(NEW NIGERIAN)

"Shari'a has now become a big issue. It has gone past the clerics, and is now embraced by even the politicians, moneybags, traditional rulers and the intelligentsia. People should therefore beware of those attempting to use Shari'a to exploit them. There is still time for them to think, and plan ahead. They should choose only the leader who will protect their right to faith and self-respect."  [trans] Details

 

1999: The Year Gorbachev visited Nigeria. By Paul Mamza

[ABU ZARIA]

(GAMJI)

In political appointments the Obasanjo government has favoured the Yoruba people more than all the other tribes put together. The contradictions of this action find deep root in their lowest contribution in the process of his installation as president. The others are systematically replaced tactically by his kinsmen in order to pacify them. It is this glaring injustice that was responsible for the clamour for separate identity and control over resources. Details

Nigerian Football: The Way Forward. By Tokunbo Ojo

(GAMJI)

Today, Nigeria has slipped to the lower reaches of the rankings, and lies within the forties region. One of the most difficult things for a self-respecting individual to do is to extend a hand of cooperation to a body that has been adjudged grossly incompetent by most rational organizational evaluation standards Details

 

Geo-political zonal arrangement: Unconstitutional and impractical. By Ahmadu Kurfi (Maradin Katsina)

By this arrangement, the Yoruba and Igbo zones being ethnically homogeneous are assured of two posts for their kinsmen - four to the two zones and the remaining eight posts to the other four zones all of which are ethnically heterogeneous. What this means is that for each federal board, Igbos and Yorubas clinch four positions whilst other over 400 ethnic groups share the remaining eight! Details

 

In Tardy Defence of Buhari. By  Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo

[SWEDEN]

(GAMJI)

We do not require a psychoanalyst to tell us anything about the man Buhari. As a leader, Buhari was at best like a provoked police force. He loves force and coercion as mother loves her son, and abhors human rights and freedom of speech as Mr. Mandela hates apartheid. Details

 

Mr. Minister, Leave Tokunbo Alone.   By Abdulrahman Muhammad Dan-Asabe  [CHINA]

(GAMJI)

The Minister of State for Industry, Chief Lawrence Nwuruku, should note that Nigeria is in need of committed and concrete steps towards bringing back food and agricultural production and the protection of related industries but not that of luxury items such as cars. For now, leave Tokunbo alone. Details

 

No More Power Shift. By Paul Mamza

[ABU ZARIA]

(GAMJI)

If power shift was introduced due to political power in-balance, a vital and fervour permutations will have offered rationality to correct the economic and bureaucratic power in-balances, which is in favour of the southerners. The Federal character commission would have produced a desire for a sudden explosion of political talent to correct the lapses posed by feelings of marginalisation. Details

 

Governor Tinubu and OPC: Matters Arising. By  Mike Ikhariale

(GAMJI)

For the records, the OPC is one of the ethnic militia groups currently under the ban of the federal government. Why the ban came in the first place is certainly not a matter for speculation as these groups have manifested the potentials to degenerate into anarchic armies spreading death and misery along their paths in the process of dispensing their trademark jungle justice. 

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Two years of the Obasanjo Administration. By Wada Nas

(GAMJI WRITER)

The re-emergence of General Olusegun Obasanjo as the president of the Federal Republic is a good testimony to the Qur’anic injunction that Allah gives power to whom He pleases.  No one in his wildest dream thought that Obasanjo, then a prisoner, having been found guilty of coup plotting, would march from prison straight to Aso Rock, the seat of the political power of the nation. Details

 

My Prayer. By  Paul Mamza

[AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY]

(GAMJI)

It is high time for prayers to overhaul the nation and its people. A national reformation to save the nation from these great calamities and purge the scourge of its aged political scoundrels is not only apparent, it is a task that must be done both democratically and politically. Details

 

The CBN and Revamping the Naira. By Sal Yarima

(GAMJI)

The two major reasons why within the last two years the Naira had been depreciating were currency speculation and removal of petroleum subsidy. It is rather obvious that the rate of appreciation of the Naira in recent weeks is so rapid that any smart individual can see that there is panic in the foreign exchange market both legal and illegal. Details

 

Nigerian Youth I Warn You. By

Mainasara Bello Rabiu

(GAMJI)

I warn you! Nigerian youths wherever you are, irrespective of your ethnicity, religion, or region to be able to stand together and resist this conspiracy by these devils and work hard to build our country and our future. I warn you to tell yourselves the truth now and honestly start working now. And let us tell them whoever wants OPC, BAKASSI BOYS etc. Details

 

Towards Rebuilding a National Consensus: A Response to Professor Ekeh. By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

(GAMJI WRITER)

It is noteworthy that Professor Ekeh did not succeed in refuting my principal thesis. He did say, correctly, that he never claimed that "there was no African history before colonial rule". No one attributed this level of insipidity to him. What he did, however, was attribute it to Bala Usman even though it is evident that Bala never made such a claim. Details

 

Obasanjo on Blot Journey. By Paul Mamza

[ABU ZARIA]

(GAMJI)

The government’s anti-corruption effort will be useless if sacred cows are made out of his cabinet members whom we were told are jealousy guarding the growth of corruption as is evident in the alleged diversion of N2.3 billion by Chief Bola Ige, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation. Details

 

Leave General Buhari Alone. By Bashir Abimbade Lawal

[ABUJA]

(GAMJI)

Even though I am a Yoruba Muslim, we are not religiously sensitive or bothered. That is why we did not protest any religious marginalisation when Obasanjo selected two ministers from Osun state and both are Christians, in a state that has Muslim population in excess of sixty per cent. Details

 

Staggering Our Electoral Process: A Rejoinder to Dr. Aluko. By Hannatu Mohammed

(GAMJI) 

Should Nigeria study the possibility of staggered elections? Yes. But that will not solve its political problem. A country with great educational disparity between its federating units should not put any clause in its constitution about educational qualification as prerequisite for contesting elections. Details

 

Organized Campaign in Defence of Bala Usman and the Breakdown in Nigeria's national Consensus. By Peter P. Ekeh

[Buffalo, USA]

(GAMJI) 

I am intrigued -- and amused -- by Fasure's and Sanusi's mystification of my Inaugural Lecture of 1980 at the University of Ibadan, titled Colonialism and Social Structure, in their defence of Bala Usman's claims. Sanusi was particularly excited, declaring that I had committed "intellectual suicide" and that I had made an "intellectual blunder."  Details

 

When Sharia Takes Off in Nigeria! By Abdulrahman Muhammad Dan-Asabe 

[CHINA]

(GAMJI) 

As a Muslim, I struggle to take side with the opinions of the Muslim writers without success.  Of course, all they say about Sharia and its ability to reform our society towards uprightness are not in doubt.  My questions are, are Northern Muslims sincere? Do we have what it takes to practice and enforce Sharia law? Or, is it yet another Dr. Yusuf Bala Usman’s manipulation of religion in Nigeria? Details

 

NYSC Programme: Matters Arising. By Ejike Emmanuel [KADUNA]

(GAMJI) 

However, some anomalies which has characterised the scheme lately is discouraging and seem to portend that the scheme is gradually dying and therefore needs urgent resuscitation.   A situation where a graduate waits for additional one year after graduation before being called for NYSC programme is, to say the least, frustrating taking into cognisance that the same student may have lost some years in school due to ASUU strikes and other related occurrences. Details

 

MONDAY Quarterbacking: Staggering Our Electoral Process. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

(GAMJI WRITER)

For any country, that situation is a tall political order, and an administrative nightmare to have so many elected officials engaged  actively in political campaigns all at the same time.  Governance will

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IBB, Problem Not Solution: A Rejoinder. By Hannatu Mohammed

(GAMJI)

Ironsi came to power in 1966 after some disgruntle element in the military assassinated some regional and national political figures. Even though Ironsi was not involved in that mess, but Details

 

Arochukwu Goes Global. By Ignatius Ukwu Nnaekpe

(GAMJI)    

About three weeks ago, the Eze of Arochukwu, Mazi Vincent Ogbonna Okoro, was hosted by the Arochukwu community in New York and New Jersey, in the second phase of his visit to the Americas. Earlier, or in the Details

 

The CBN Governor and the IMF. By Sal Yarima. Forwarded By Magaji Galadima

(GAMJI)

The IMF is supposed to review the Nigerian economy from time to time. No wonder J. O Sanusi (CBN Governor) has been lying to the people of Nigeria that the appreciation of the Nigerian currency is due to Details

 

When Aides Decamp...By Uwem Inyang

(GAMJI)

Strange things will always happen and to this concept, Nigeria is no exception. After all, the only permanent change in life is change itself. Details

 

Usman, Ekeh And The Urhobo "Nation". By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

(GAMJI WRITER)

The first point in our discourse is to make a distinction between what Bala Usman said and what his critics attribute to him. It is clear to all objective readers that although in the paper under consideration Bala Usman made an example of

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Elected Officials Should Stay at Home: N10 Billion Wasted Globe-trotting: A Petitioned By Concerned Nigerian Professionals in the Diaspora and within Nigeria. Forwarded By Babs Omotowa
(GAMJI)

Since the inception of this civilian administration, about N10 billion has been wasted (flight tickets, hotel accommodation/meals, generous estacodes) by our elected. Details

 

The Power of Propaganda, the IMF and World Bank in Perspective. By: Sal Yarima. Forwarded By Magaji Galadima

(GAMJI)

Few people underestimate the power of continuous propaganda. The IMF and World Bank now have Nigeria in their palm. These organizations squeeze the economy. Details

 

Response to Zaiyol Karl. By Jerry P. Mbong

I hope this letter meets you in good health. Not actually your being physically healed, but your spirit and soul being. Details

 

Monday QuarterBacking: The Black (Parallel) Exchange Market Should Be Banned in Africa (fwd). By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

I know that the Black Market is legal in Nigeria, but when we left the eerie scene, I had to ask my host again:  "Is this legal?"  He said  Details

 

Implications of Population Growth for the Nigerian Economy and the Environment. By Ibrahim Umaru

Central to environmental problems is the interrelationship between population, economic growth and sustainable development. Details

 

An Open Letter To The President . Federal Republic Of Nigeria. By Net-Nigeria

(GAMJI)

With a sense of mission, we greet you and congratulate you on your second year in office and your second chance to lead this great but beleaguered nation. Sir, you have. Details

 

Press Release. Forwarded by Adey Oyenuga

(GAMJI)

In response to the call for Nigerians to come together to effectively participate in making a difference for the better in their motherland,
Nigerians from across the world converged on  Details

 

Discrediting News Media Organizations in Nigeria. By Sal Yarima. Forwarded By Magaji Galadima

(GAMJI)

News media organizations have enjoyed a recent free flow of information and His Excellency President Obasanjo has begun to listen to Details

 

The PDP Crises (Reading In Between the Lines). By M R Hammantukur 

(Manchester. U.K)

(GAMJI)

Those of us who attended the Jos presidential convention saw how the problem started.But the problem became more appropriately positioned in Abuja when Details

 

The Imperatives Of French Language In Nigreia. By Atayi Ezekiel Babs-Opaluwah

(GAMJI)

The rivalry between the English and French has been most intense on the linguistic level in the sense that both languages ran neck to neck with one. Details

 

A Surge toward Evil. By Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo

(GAMJI)

The barrels of criticism people are heaping on Obasanjo today is enough indication that Nigerian politicians and their electorate are yet to know that electing a president alone is not. Details

 

Are we being realistic? By Tokunbo Ojo

(GAMJI)

Vast majority of Nigerians home and abroad described President Olusegun Obasanjo as Details

 

The Socialist Solution

By Moukhtar .I.  Mohammed

(GAMJI )

History shows that the population does not accept this for ever. A revolution must come... Hopefully not one that uses violence, that revolution must come inform of a socialist movement. Details

 

African Growth Economic Policy: Expand Agoa to European Union, Asia Pacific Union, South America Union And Seal the Black Hole. By Ugo Harris

(GAMJI)

The last three decade, Nigeria economy has revolved on import driven drive, dumping, taste for foreign goods and services. This has Details

 

What Actually Is Freedom Of Religious Worship in a Democratic Society? By Joe E. Osondu

(GAMJI)

Nigeria's secular law of freedom has been the dominant theme of free -exercise -clause interpretation until now. The north has suddenly realized. Details

 

Recommendations for President Olusegun Obasanjo's Last Half of His First Tenure. By Tanimu Yakubu

(GAMJI)

The electoral victory of General Olusegun Obasanjo had itself inspired such hope.  It had isolated the Afenefere to the South West by denying it

Details

 

The Uwazurike Phenomena. By Tochukwu Ezukanma

(GAMJI)

Lamentably, the Igbo governors and the Ohaneze have for the most part denounced MASSOB.  The problem of Igbo leaders is Details

 

Obasanjo's Two Years: An Appraisal. By Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa

Obasanjo lost the confidence of his most vital supporters because he succumbed to the wishes of.  Details

 

The Nigerian Condition.

By Mahmud Tukur, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

In all fairness, when a census is taken of what Balarabe Musa and Reuben Abati said during 2000 it will be found that there has been more arrogance and sectionalism in Reuben Abati.  What Balarabe Musa cannot be denied is his Marxist and socialist orientation which have made him the least sectional of the major politicians of the country. Details

 

Nigeria Needs a Dose of Igbo Worldview. By  OKenwa R. Nwosu, M.D.

(GAMJI)

Ndiigbo owe it to themselves and other Nigerians to restore and redeploy the can-do mentality that enabled them to overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacle of surviving under siege and military pressure for 30 months. Details

 

History and the Legacy of AHAB (Abacha). By Candidus Uzoukwu Obiajunwa

(GAMJI)

[PORT HARCOURT NIGERIA]

Abacha rose ultimately as Khalifa or successor to the throne in Nigeria by the force of wit and will and backed by the power of iron and steel. He had come actually to arrest a revolution against the status quo and to stop the arrival of a messiah (Abiola) seen or foreseen (elected) to the throne on June 12, 1993. Details

 

Bala Usman Katsina is My Cousin. By Orok Edem. Forwarded by Wada Nas

Most people don't know that Bala is really a southerner from the Niger Delta. He can trace his roots to the Katsinawa of Elele near Port Harcourt who have been there for over a thousand years. Don't ask me what they were doing there. Probably left over slaves from the hinterland. Details

 

President Obasanjo can be Successful if….By Sal Yarima

(GAMJI)

The question to His Excellency President Obasanjo is, if the IMF nine months ago admitted to faulty policies and faulty solutions to economic problems after 55 years of existence, why should President Obasanjo trust the institution now? What major changes have occurred in the IMF to reestablish the initial trust given to the fund by past Nigerian leaders? Details

 

The Abacha I Know. By  Paul Mamza

[ABU ZARIA]

(GAMJI)

They said he is not a good economic manager but a renowned economist and one of the best Chairmen of economic intelligence committee Nigeria ever had, in person of Prof. Sam Aluko stood in the path of truth to tell them to their distaste that he [General Sani Abacha] is the best economic manager Nigeria ever had. Details

 

Oil and the North: A Rejoinder. By Zaiyol Karl

(GAMJI)

Normally, power shift is a democratic process that has more to do with voter decision based on campaign promises and quality of candidates, but in Nigeria today it is nothing but that and we may even tag our brand of democracy as shiftocracy in which the north was intimidated into relinquishing power to the south on a platter of gold. Details

 

An Open Letter To President Obasanjo: Please Perform, You Must Not Fail Us! From  Hilary Evbayiro

[USA]

(GAMJI)

You see, Mr. President, I did not just wake up one morning and then begin to think of writing to fret you, but for the true and abiding love I have for our dear country, I have to apprise you that Nigerians are not satisfied with what you have been doing since coming to power.  Details

 

Between Aliyu Tilde and Northern Intellectuals. By Modibbo R Hammantukur

[UK]

(GAMJI)

Essentially, the bitter trust is that the north was developed by the Sardauna and General Murtala R. Mohammed, with Obasanjo continue where General Murtala left off. Others who chipped in the development effort in their capacities as State governors included Balarabe Musa, Abubakar Rimi, Tatari Ali and Muhammadu Goni, not those people you have in the Arewa Forum today. Details

 

Islamic group in Kano claims to have found HIV/AIDS therapy

Of great importance, ingredients of the therapy are basic essential commodities (water, petroleum jelly [with antibiotic] & honey) and some verses from the Glorious Qur'an.  Thus, if the therapy doesn't help you, it will surely not harm you.  It is on record that many Christians have benefited in all our locations. Details

 

Appraising Obasanjo's Second Year in Office. By Ejike Emmanuel

[KADUNA] 

(GAMJI)

I am beginning to think that what President Obasanjo himself said in one of his media Chat of April 2001 is really manifesting in his style of leadership.  He had said and I quote, “ I went to school by accident, joined the Armed Forces by accident and ………..” and as an accident, he became the President, No wonder then that his policies are accident-oriented which cannot and has never yielded any positive result. Details

 

Two Years of Obasanjo: Total Failure. By Hanatu Mohammed

(GAMJI)

I think only foreign affairs minister Sule Lamido and the president can boost of achieving anything personal. Lamido can say that he and the president visit almost every country in the world in the two years they have been in office, with no benefit to show. And while doing that they have spent millions of dollars from the oil windfall. Details

 

Shari'ah in Nigeria: Democracy Versus Secularism.  By Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa. Forwarded by Dr. Abdalla Uba Adamu

(GAMJI)

The representatives of the Western Christian Civilization are the successors of the colonizers of Nigeria. They are thus not willing to allow the Shari'ah to flourish in any part of Nigeria because they perceive it as a threat to their cultural domination of the peoples of Nigeria. To them the Shari'ah must remain within the domain confined to it by the colonial masters and their Nigerian successors. Details

 

IBB, Problem Not Solution. By Shehu Usman Adamu

(GAMJI)

Being a citizen of  Nigeria qualifies  Babangida to contest any political office existing in the country from  the councillorship of the  his Ward  to the chairman of  Minna  Local council  and  of course  to the  Presidency. But then the  one million dollar question  is what is  he  coming back to do?  Details

 

What Manner of Messiah is this? By Paul Mamza

[ABU ZARIA]

(GAMJI)

The so-called Messiah dashed our hopes by scrapping  P.T.F, F.E.A.P etc without providing alternatives, there is also acute shortage fuel, water, food and electricity as against the boast by one of his disciples that electricity is for all by year 2000. Details

 

A Salute to President Obasanjo’s New Courage. By Sal Yarima

(GAMJI)

Let me be one of the first group of Nigerians to salute President Obasanjo’s new found courage to stabilize the Nigerian military and Nigerian economy. His Excellency should be congratulated for it takes courage for a man to accept a mistake but an even greater amount of courage to make changes. Details

 

We Are for IBB. By A. M. Bashir Shuwa

(GAMJI)

I have instances to criticise and hate IBB in the past and now I have realised that all the condemnations and hatred I had for him was based on totally false and fabricated portrayals of him by a section of the press and so-called human rights activists of which I was one before. Details

 

Ali Mazrui: A Poster Child for Intellectual Piracy. By  Uchenna Odogwo 

(GAMJI)

It appears that Professor Ali Mazrui has a problem distinguishing between globalization and modernization. He sounds deliberate in his choice of words and reasons of expression. Then again he might be just ignorant. Whichever is the case, Mazrui remains mischievous and guilty of intellectual dishonesty. Details

 

SUNDAY MUSINGS: About Nigeria's External Debt. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D. 

(GAMJI WRITER)

it is very clear that Nigeria is not very happy about its debt situation while seeking all means necessary to slash it. There are conflicts in the actual amount of debt stock as well as their terms, and President Obasanjo goes as far as to assert that we were "conned" into taking on some of the debts! Details

 

If General Sani Abacha were to be Alive...By Paul Mamza [A.B.U.  Zaria]

(GAMJI)

The emergence of General Sani Abacha saved the nation predominantly because he tendered a panacea towards confronting and neutralizing the forces, whom he judged as too determined to undermine the country’s unity of purpose. Very few were, left as remnants within the country, majority fled away on self exile to neighbouring countries and overseas. Details

 

It Got to Stop. By Okey Ndukwe

(GAMJI)

in Nigeria, the government is actually known to be sending the military to silence those who dare protest against the damages done to their habitat by oil companies.  And by silencing I don't just mean to tell them to hush up, but to murder them. Details

 

An Encounter with Professor Sam Aluko. By Okenwa R. Nwosu, M.D.

(GAMJI)

Professor Aluko cautioned that it was wrong to consider the geopolitical groups that are often regarded as the North, East and West to be monolithic entities. The widely held notion that Sharia is the trump card of the North is erroneous because a majority of the states in that part have not and probably would never opt for that Islamic legal code. Details

 

Bala and His Rule-Book for Nigerian Politics. By  Onoawarie Edevbie [Secretary, Urhobo Historical Society]

(GAMJI)

Just to be sure that I hear him right, is Bala Usman saying that corrupt politicians escape punishment because of the affinity they share with the people who elected them into office? If this is true, he owes it to humanity to tell his audience who else can better understand the problems, interests and aspirations of a group of people well enough to represent them than one of their own. Details

 

Professor Ali Mazrui’s presentation on Sharia in Northern Nigeria: Critical facts were omitted. By  Timothy Othman

(GAMJI)

If the principle of asymmetrical federalism has been used to justify the introduction of Sharia in Nigeria, then it is contradictory for the Northern Governors to oppose SNC or resource control. Their opposition is an admittance that it is premature to apply asymmetrical federalism in a nation that has not discussed the modalities for its implementation. Details

 

The Matter Of Our Looted Treasury: What Has Been Done About It? By  Hilary Evbayiro

(GAMJI)

Albeit it may be difficult to point out the looters in our midst and prosecute them, the stunning thing is that the people who carried out the flagitious act against Nigeria did not come from Jupiter or Saturn. The people live in Nigeria, and most of them are our politicians of today who abetted the successive military governments to destroy our country. Details

 

National Identity Card Scheme Palaver: For their Today...We Give Up Our Tomorrow. By Ritchie Ejiofor

(GAMJI)

An ID number would in subsequent years give the relevant authorities a veritable tax base. It is up to the various states to provide accurate figures through their various, local government areas so as identify  eligible tax payers because this present system of resource distribution and allocation will definitely give way to a truly federalist derivation formula and by them taxes would provide the main stay of government revenue. Details

 

A Toast for Fifth Dimension. By Paul Mamza

[ABU ZARIA, NIGERIA]

(GAMJI)

Amongst the several political association springing-up in preparatory to 2003 game plan, none had attracted my interest like the Fourth Dimension of Nigeria (FDN) led by the former number two man in the IBB regime, retired Admiral Augustus Aikhomu. Details

 

Whose Interests is MASSOB Serving? By Okenwa R. Nwosu, M.D.

(GAMJI)

The sense of outrage against MASSOB has grown to the level where members of the Abia State House of Assembly now demand “an outright disbandment of the group, stressing that their operations were not only affecting economic activities but inimical to the Igbo interest”. Details

 

Two Years of Obasanjo: Total Failure. By Hanatu Mohammed

(GAMJI)

I think only foreign affairs minister Sule Lamido and the president can boost of achieving anything personal. Lamido can say that he and the president visit almost every country in the world in the two years they have been in office, with no benefit to show. And while doing that they have spent millions of dollars from the oil windfall. Details

 

Shari'ah in Nigeria: Democracy Versus Secularism.  By Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa. Forwarded by Dr. Abdalla Uba Adamu

(GAMJI)

The representatives of the Western Christian Civilization are the successors of the colonizers of Nigeria. They are thus not willing to allow the Shari'ah to flourish in any part of Nigeria because they perceive it as a threat to their cultural domination of the peoples of Nigeria. To them the Shari'ah must remain within the domain confined to it by the colonial masters and their Nigerian successors. Details

 

IBB, Problem Not Solution. By Shehu Usman Adamu

(GAMJI)

Being a citizen of  Nigeria qualifies  Babangida to contest any political office existing in the country from  the councillorship of the  his Ward  to the chairman of  Minna  Local council  and  of course  to the  Presidency. But then the  one million dollar question  is what is  he  coming back to do?  Details

 

What Manner of Messiah is this? By Paul Mamza

[ABU ZARIA]

(GAMJI)

The so-called Messiah dashed our hopes by scrapping  P.T.F, F.E.A.P etc without providing alternatives, there is also acute shortage fuel, water, food and electricity as against the boast by one of his disciples that electricity is for all by year 2000. Details

 

A Salute to President Obasanjo’s New Courage. By Sal Yarima

(GAMJI)

Let me be one of the first group of Nigerians to salute President Obasanjo’s new found courage to stabilize the Nigerian military and Nigerian economy. His Excellency should be congratulated for it takes courage for a man to accept a mistake but an even greater amount of courage to make changes. Details

 

We Are for IBB. By A. M. Bashir Shuwa

(GAMJI)

I have instances to criticise and hate IBB in the past and now I have realised that all the condemnations and hatred I had for him was based on totally false and fabricated portrayals of him by a section of the press and so-called human rights activists of which I was one before. Details

 

Ali Mazrui: A Poster Child for Intellectual Piracy. By  Uchenna Odogwo 

(GAMJI)

It appears that Professor Ali Mazrui has a problem distinguishing between globalization and modernization. He sounds deliberate in his choice of words and reasons of expression. Then again he might be just ignorant. Whichever is the case, Mazrui remains mischievous and guilty of intellectual dishonesty. Details

 

SUNDAY MUSINGS: About Nigeria's External Debt. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D. 

(GAMJI WRITER)

it is very clear that Nigeria is not very happy about its debt situation while seeking all means necessary to slash it. There are conflicts in the actual amount of debt stock as well as their terms, and President Obasanjo goes as far as to assert that we were "conned" into taking on some of the debts! Details

 

If General Sani Abacha were to be Alive...By Paul Mamza [A.B.U.  Zaria]

(GAMJI)

The emergence of General Sani Abacha saved the nation predominantly because he tendered a panacea towards confronting and neutralizing the forces, whom he judged as too determined to undermine the country’s unity of purpose. Very few were, left as remnants within the country, majority fled away on self exile to neighbouring countries and overseas. Details

 

It Got to Stop. By Okey Ndukwe

(GAMJI)

in Nigeria, the government is actually known to be sending the military to silence those who dare protest against the damages done to their habitat by oil companies.  And by silencing I don't just mean to tell them to hush up, but to murder them. Details

 

An Encounter with Professor Sam Aluko. By Okenwa R. Nwosu, M.D.

(GAMJI)

Professor Aluko cautioned that it was wrong to consider the geopolitical groups that are often regarded as the North, East and West to be monolithic entities. The widely held notion that Sharia is the trump card of the North is erroneous because a majority of the states in that part have not and probably would never opt for that Islamic legal code. Details

 

Bala and His Rule-Book for Nigerian Politics. By  Onoawarie Edevbie [Secretary, Urhobo Historical Society]

(GAMJI)

Just to be sure that I hear him right, is Bala Usman saying that corrupt politicians escape punishment because of the affinity they share with the people who elected them into office? If this is true, he owes it to humanity to tell his audience who else can better understand the problems, interests and aspirations of a group of people well enough to represent them than one of their own. Details

 

Professor Ali Mazrui’s presentation on Sharia in Northern Nigeria: Critical facts were omitted. By  Timothy Othman

(GAMJI)

If the principle of asymmetrical federalism has been used to justify the introduction of Sharia in Nigeria, then it is contradictory for the Northern Governors to oppose SNC or resource control. Their opposition is an admittance that it is premature to apply asymmetrical federalism in a nation that has not discussed the modalities for its implementation. Details

 

The Matter Of Our Looted Treasury: What Has Been Done About It? By  Hilary Evbayiro

(GAMJI)

Albeit it may be difficult to point out the looters in our midst and prosecute them, the stunning thing is that the people who carried out the flagitious act against Nigeria did not come from Jupiter or Saturn. The people live in Nigeria, and most of them are our politicians of today who abetted the successive military governments to destroy our country. Details

 

National Identity Card Scheme Palaver: For their Today...We Give Up Our Tomorrow. By Ritchie Ejiofor

(GAMJI)

An ID number would in subsequent years give the relevant authorities a veritable tax base. It is up to the various states to provide accurate figures through their various, local government areas so as identify  eligible tax payers because this present system of resource distribution and allocation will definitely give way to a truly federalist derivation formula and by them taxes would provide the main stay of government revenue. Details

 

A Toast for Fifth Dimension. By Paul Mamza

[ABU ZARIA, NIGERIA]

(GAMJI)

Amongst the several political association springing-up in preparatory to 2003 game plan, none had attracted my interest like the Fourth Dimension of Nigeria (FDN) led by the former number two man in the IBB regime, retired Admiral Augustus Aikhomu. Details

Resource Control and the Wealth of the States. By Matthew Omofoma &  Funsho Ojebuoboh

(GAMJI)

Comparative advantage, which is the basis for specialization, will serve as incentive for rapid economic growth of the various states or regions of Nigeria. It is no surprise that over the past several years, no attempt had been made by the States to develop the mineral and agricultural resources in their regions because of the scourge of over-dependence on oil revenue. Details

 

Islamic Laws and the International Bill of Human Rights. By Abdulsalam O. Ajetunmobi 

[LONDON]

(GAMJI)

But amid this growing tendency in the West to dub Shariah as medieval and outmoded in its moral guidance and laws, I consider the rationalist trends in Islamic thoughts within Muslim intelligentsia as positive steps at confronting the critics of Islam in whatever shape or rank. Details

 

Nigeria-U.S. Military Pact: Much Ado About Nothing. By Okenwa R. Nwosu, M.D.

(GAMJI)

The top echelon of the Nigerian military did dominate political governance in the country for decades. But that does not mean that we do not need to build a strong, efficient and truly profession military institution for a 21st Century Nigeria. The military may have been in power for decades but the military institution of Nigeria has been undergoing progressive decay just like all other aspects of the society. Details

 

Discursive Trends in Islamic Law: Extending Theory. By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

(GAMJI WRITER)

I must confess that I have questioned certainties and opened up a discussion on matters presented as settled. In this paper I make the further point that my intervention goes beyond criticizing a particular governor or a particular ruling (even though both were deservedly criticized). On the contrary what I seek is to produce knowledge, or contribute to its production. Details

 

A Rejoinder to Abiodun Adepoju's Response Network's Open Letter to Lagos Governor to Nigerian Muslim. By Ardo Fulbe

(GAMJI)

The truth is that Ahmad Tinubu (a Muslim) is under duress and being coerced by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to give them back the schools and as you rightly pointed out what they should have been doing is to address the academic and moral decay in their follower ship rather than aim to convert innocent children through the tested devilish ways of enticing and cajoling Muslims with Greek gifts. 

Details

 

National Energy Policy and Deregulation of the Power Sector. By Mohammed Mala NITEL, Bauchi

(GAMJI)

The development policies of our Government will continue to elude us unless electrical power is made available to all in a reliable and cost effective manner. More so, the assertion that the GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) lines will be much cheaper here in Nigeria than even Ghana is being challenged as the cost of electrical power is a unit factor in determining the cost. Details

 

INEC and Elections in Nigeria. By A.M. Bashir Shuwa 

(GAMJI)

Going by recent developments in Nigeria's political scene and the position of the independent electoral commission over some of the contentious issues, it is needless to say that democracy would never survive for long in Nigeria. Details

 

Democratic Dicta and the Search for a National Leader. By Smoka Kenneth Duru

More than anything, the G18 and the G34 have, by their action, reaffirmed that the transition programme is not a fluke and that the nation has come of age. Details

 

Mr. Soboyejo Alaba Akinboyede Awosika-Coker, By Jerry Okaha. By S. Awosika-Coker 

(GAMJI)

Once again, I must reiterate my agreement with the article in question although it was not written by me. I do not believe that the writer hates the Igbo simply because he or she tells the truth. I personally, on my part, have absolutely nothing against the Ndigbo. However, I do take grave issue with the penchant of the Igbo leadership (with the exception of Chief M.C.K. Ajuluchukwu) for being both selfish and exceedingly opportunistic, much to the detriment of the Igbo masses. Details

 

The success of spinelessness. By M. O. Ene, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

For us to take www.gamji.com seriously, I believe you should not allow this type of monotonous melodrama, this unveiled Igbo bashing, to grace your editorial column. Please note that there is nothing wrong with linking news sources no matter how obnoxious, but we must not lionize sophomoric spinelessness. Details

 

Mr. Soboyejo Alaba Akinboyede Awosika-Coker. By Jerry Okaha

(GAMJI)

The Igbos in Oputa Panel express their feelings and what is wrong with that. Every group have done the same. During the hearing in Lagos we all saw how  Yoruba Generals were crying and pleading in a Video tapes, and what do you make of that? We saw how Yorubas, Hausas, Ogonis, Ijaws, etc. expressed their feeling; my brother what is wrong with what the Igbos did. Details

 

President Olusegun Obasanjo, Professor Jerry Gana and African Development Bank (ADB) Leadership. By Ugo Harris

(GAMJI)

Sir, can some one explain what this US$25 Million Dollars Professor Jerry Gana announced on 05/04/2001 is going to be used for? What is the use of this fund already there for, and why do we need another US$25 Million dollars for that, since right now we have almost US$500 (Five Hundred Million Dollars) in this fund with this bank. Details

 

GSM Technology: Has Africa been cheated again? By Ambrose Nwadike

(GAMJI)

But if people in most countries around the world are eagerly awaiting the introduction of this new way of communicating, why then are most African countries introducing the 12 year old GSM technology?

Are African leaders settling for inferior technology due to limited market knowledge? OR

Are equipment manufacturers using Africa to prolong the lifetime of their ageing equipment? Details

 

Ndigbo and the Nigerian Nation...By [Anonymous] "AA"  Forwarded by Soboyejo Alaba Akinboyede Awosika-Coker  

[LAGOS]

(GAMJI)

The piece below, written by a resident of Lagos State (who prefers to write under the pseudonym of his initials for now), serves to bring needed attention to the level of idiocy, to which the Enugu hearings [Oputa Panel] have descended. Once again, we are all subject to the benevolent (or malevolent?) inclinations of the Igbo leadership machinery, who have become the masters at the game of "water power." I will delve further into the issue of the Igbo nations hypocrisy at another time. But for now, please journey along with me on this ride of discovery... the discovery of how a group of people to date, remain their own worst enemies. Details

 

Farewell Stone Age Nigeria. By Ambrose Nwadike 

[THE NETHERLANDS]

(GAMJI)

One in fifty people in the world live in Nigeria but less than 1 in a 1000 of the world’s fixed line telephones are present here. In the same token, less than 1 in 2000 of the Internet family reside in Nigeria partly due to the fact that less than 1 in 3000 of the PCs in the world are on Nigeria’s shores. Details

 

Constitutional and Electoral Reform: Executive Presidential Council the Way to Reduce the Explosive Situation in 2003 Election and Beyond. By Ugo Harris

(GAMJI) 

No matter which zone that produces the next president in 2003 and beyond, we have to admit it Nigeria maybe in serious trouble looking at the situation of things right now. Infact breakup of Nigeria is seriously in the horizon and we do not have to let it happen, because it will be the bloodiest conflict Africans or the World can imagine. Details

 

An Interview with Mustafa Ibrahim Chinade, Chairman, Publicity Committee of the Shariah in Nigeria

(GAMJI) 

Mallam Mustafa Ibrahim Chinade a Muslim activist, journalist and IT consultant was among the organizers of the recently concluded conference on the Restoration of Sharia as a source of values for private conduct and conduct of state, including a legal system for Muslims in Nigeria which took place at the Commonwealth Institute Conference Centre in Kensington, London, United Kingdom. In his capacity as the chairman of the publicity committee of the conference he spoke with Gamji Coordinator, Magaji Galadima Abdullahi.  Details

 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Under the Magnifying Glass of Islam. By Bashir Lawal

[ABUJA, NATION'S CAPITAL]

(GAMJI) 

This paper has reaffirmed the notion, the belief and the confidence of the Muslims that nothing can be beneficial to mankind except it is found or implied in the teachings of Islam, for all the contents of the Universal Declaration of human rights are not new to Muslims. Details

 

SUNDAY MUSINGS: The Imperatives of Constitutional and Electoral Reforms in Nigeria. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D. 

[Maryland USA]

(GAMJI WRITER)

I am often engaged in vigorous discussions with Nigerian compatriots who argue that all Nigeria presently needs is a GOOD LEADER, some kind of messiahnic figure, to lead us to Eldorado.  My argument always is that NO PERSON can rule Nigeria well the way it is presently constituted, and in any case HOW would we get such a person - or preferably PERSONS AT VARIOUS LEVELS of government - elected? Details

 

Mohammed Haruna on Obasanjo and Buhari. By  Paul Mamza [Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria]

GAMJI

A critical view of Buhari interview granted The Week  and Haruna’s interpretation of the magnitude of the animosity between General Buhari and Gen Babangida shows that Haruna over exaggerated and overblown  the content of Buhari’s words.   Hear him “No, it cannot be forgotten.  It is forgiven, but not forgotten.  It will not be true if I say it is forgotten”. Details

 

The Class Character of Religious Revival: Shariah and Ideology in Northern Nigeria. By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

(GAMJI WRITER)

Less than one year after the introduction of “full Shariah” in Zamfara State, a man called Buba Jangebe, who according to official reports was a reputed cow thief, had his hand amputated for theft. Little is known of an internal Islamic debate over whether or not the sentence represents a true interpretation of Islamic Law. I intend to present this debate in the terminology of Discourse Theory. Details

 

SATURDAY ESSAY:  Obasanjo Declares a "National Beans Emergency". By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D. 

[Maryland USA]

(GAMJI WRITER)

So whether we criticise this "Burkina Beans" decision or not, let us do so from an informed stance, and let us broaden the complaint to include food security nationwide. Details

 

That Conference on Sharia in Nigeria. By Kanzi Salako [Cheyenne, WY, USA]

(GAMJI)

Implementing Shariah under the current unyielding federal structure is like putting the steering wheel in front of the windshield in an automobile construction.  It won’t work.  It is not fair to hurriedly herd the Northern Talakawa Muslims together using sentiments that callously challenge their individual strengths in faith. Details

 

Yes, Knowledge Really Deceives: A response to Sanusi’s Rejoinder (Knowledge does not deceive). By Muhammad Sani Umar R\Lemo

[Islamic University of Madina]

(GAMJI)

After going through the article I could not find the right words to describe it with, except a multi-coloured peace of cloth in which none of the colours has any relationship with the rest except that they form part of a single cloth, and the peaces have nothing to link them except the threads that patched them together. Details

 

Muslim Secularists' Rationalisation Against Shari'ah: A Book Review By  Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa

(GAMJI)

Today the Northern States are becoming more and more impoverished with the implementation of policies, which are not favorable to agriculture by the present Government. One of such policies is the lifting of the ban on importation of corn at the instance of the US government. It is alleged that Sani Zangon Daura lost the Agriculture portfolio because he refused to agree to this “agriculture death warrant”. Details

 

A Nation in Search of Direction: Nigeria at the Cross Road. By Ritchie Ejiofor

(GAMJI)

Chinua Achebe aptly summarizes this Nigerians penchant for coining words and for shielding obvious truth. Instead of admitting tribalism as an official policy, the government goes further to coin it federal character, catchment, zoning system which in truth reinforces nepotism, tribalism by whatever name it is called. Details

 

The Shari'ah and the Future of Nigeria. By  Dahiru Yahya. Forwarded by Abdalla Uba Adamu

(GAMJI)

The Ibos are, however, people with peculiar politics. They struck with all their ephemeral ascendancy eliminating the leaders of the ummah and their allies, dismantling the regions, declaring a unitary government, opening up the regional civil services and insisting that the ummah should convert to Christianity, through house to house evangelization, a position from which the British were wise enough to shy away. Details

 

Tazarce Syndrome: Democracy or Dictatorship? By Mohammed Hadi Balarabe . Forwarded by Magaji A. Galadima

(GAMJI)

The phenomenon of ‘TAZARCE’ syndrome as far as I am concerned, exposes its sponsors as selfish, cowards and defeatists. It is an attempt to continuously cling to power so that they can have enough time to perfetuate this brand of democracy, which from all practical purposes is dictatorial. Details

 

Racial Identity: The Dilemma of an African in the U.S. By Ritchie Ejiofor

(GAMJI)

It is time Africans take these issues very serious for the sake of that generation of Americans whose future are now in bleak and in jeopardy for reasons of identity crisis. I have a dream that some day, one of them could be or aspire to better the record of Collin Powell or Tiger Woods, Details

 

CEDDERT and the Misrepresentation of Facts

By N. H. Ibanga

(GAMJI)

The easiest way to sell a blatant lie is to bundle it with truths and half- truths. Quite like when a tablet of bitter medicine is inserted in a ball of garri and swallowed with the meal, except the medicine is good for one and the lie not. Bala Usman has proven to be adept at this subterfuge. However, we are not fooled. We know the reasons behind his "scholarly defense" of a united "democratic" Nigeria. Details

 

Bala Usman, G. G. Darah and the Concept of Nation in Nigerian Politics: A  Rejoinder to Dr. Bala Usman's Article (Ignorance, Knowledge and Democratic Politics in Nigeria. By Femi Awoniyi

(GAMJI)

My grouse with Dr. Bala Usman is the seemingly deliberate simplicity with which he approached the issue. We cannot expect Nigerians to rise above primordial sentiments which more modern societies are still confronted with. Details

 

Disenfranchising the North through the National Identity Card Scheme. By Ibrahim Ado-Kurawa

(GAMJI)

The Northern Region being the largest in size and population contributed more poll tax revenue to the federation account of Nigeria during colonial rule. The population of the North was never in dispute then because it was directly linked to the size of contribution to the government, rather than allocation from government. Details

 

Historical Relationship Between Germany and Africa- and How this affects Nigeria Today. By Kayode Ogundamisi (National secretary Oodua Peoples Congress)

(GAMJI)

In fact the name, Nigeria, was given by the mistress to the then British Governor General of Nigeria, Frederick Lugard. Florense (later Mrs. Lugard) was in the bedroom of her boyfriend Lord Lugard when she said to her darling: "I think we should name this country Nigeria meaning Niger area," but the reality today is that there is no Nigeria. Details

 

Wingate, Slim, and Auchinleck: Lessons for Nigeria. By Nowa Omoigui

(GAMJI)

Under General Abacha, for example, apart from himself there was no officer of pure Kanuri origin above the rank of Lt. Colonel in the entire Army.  During the same era, a single town like Zuru in Kebbi State was well represented by many middle ranking and senior officers. Details

 

The Mischief of History: Bala Usman's Unmaking of Nigerian History. By  Peter Ekeh  Chair, Urhobo Historical Society. Forwarded by Dr. Mobolaji E. Aluko

(GAMJI)

Even his detractors must acknowledge that Bala Usman's campaign against the integrity of the history of Yoruba has masterful cruelty in it. It questions the origins of the name "Yoruba." As far as Bala Usman is concerned, that name was an imperial donation from the North. Details

 

Open Letter to Lagos State Government: A Response to the Nigerian Muslim Network (NMN). By Abiodun Adepoju [WASHINGTON, D.C.]

(GAMJI)

...why do you not go to major Islamic nations and solicit for funds to build schools that can compete or surpass the ones built and run by the Christian missionaries? Many of us are tired of your hypocritical attitudes. Chief MKO Abiola's situation is a recent example of the hypocrisy. If you are not from Lagos State, leave the Lagos State Governor to continue with his good job. Details

 

Police, Robbers and Thieves. By Attahiru M. Jega. Forwarded by Magaji A. Galadima

(GAMJI)

Rightly or wrongly, many Nigerians are now saying that it is becoming increasingly very difficult to distinguish the police from the robbers and thieves. The image of the police in the minds of citizens is at its lowest point. There are certainly very good officers and recruits in the force, occasionally one hears of their good work. But these are isolated cases. Details

 

An Open Letter to IBB. By Waziri H Ahmadu

(GAMJI)

What is crystal clear and needs no explanation, however, is the current surge of your [IBB] popularity in the country. Whether you agree, and are comfortable with it or not, a vast majority of ordinary Nigerians believe that the magic is with you [IBB]. Details

 

Bola  Ige  Must  Resign  Now.  Tomorrow  May  Be  Too  Late.

By  Isaac  Ehikioya

(GAMJI)

I  have  just  lost  one  of  the  very  few  Nigerians  I  used  to  admire  and  respect  to  such  an  affliction.  The  man   I  am  referring  to  is  chief   Bola  Ige.  Until  recently,  I  had  held  him  in   very  high  esteem  because  I  thought  he  was  level-headed,  thinks  straight  and  could  look  at  a  situation  and  draw  the  right  conclusions ----  the  right  conclusion  being  what  most   everyday  people  presented  with  the  same  or  similar  circumstances  would  arrive  at.  Details

 

The Great Leader. By Sal Yarima

(GAMJI)

Who dare tells President Obasanjo he might be making a mistake? Who in Nigeria has the guts to advise his Excellency he is heading in the path of a Soviet dictator who failed woefully even after achieving his objectives? Details

 

 

Nigerian Military Unjust Actions Against the Igbos of Nigeria. By  Izu Umunna Cultural Association - Nigeria. Forwarded by Ugo Harris

(GAMJI)

Sir, We learnt that the criteria which The Presidential spokesman and Defense sources insisted guided all the recent appointment into key command and offices include seniority, merit, geographical and political consideration, and status in the Armed forces, but disagree with the explanation and submit as follows Details

 

Igbo, Northerners, Yoruba and the Civil War A Response to Mindeno Bayagbon's Article in the Vanguard's Newspaper of April 14 by Dr S. N. Aminu. By Femi Awoniyi

[SPEYER, GERMANY]

(GAMJI)

The decision to “starve” Biafra was taken by the then Supreme Military Council led by Yakubu Gowon. Hence the Yorubas could not be accused of having starved Igbo people. And Emeka Ojukwu, at last, admitted last year that Obafemi Awolowo did not prompt him into taking the actions that led to the civil war. Details

 

Yesterday's Men. By Uwem Inyang

[LONDON, ENGLAND]

(GAMJI)

That society called Nigeria never ceases to amaze me. It's an environment where the unexpected takes precedence over the expected. It's a quandary where aberrations are not only exalted but also accommodated beyond all reasonable and unreasonable doubts. Details

 

"African Time" or "Selective Punctuality:" A Rejoinder. By Evangelist Okey Ndukwe
[ATLANTA, GEORGIA]

When I finished school here, in the US, in 1991, I went to Nigeria to live for the first time; it was a nightmare. [I left Nigeria with my parents at the age of 3]. While in Nigeria, I saw how backward the mentality was there. I was afraid of loosing the level of development I had achieved. Details

 

Whose Interests is MASSOB Serving? By Okenwa R. Nwosu, M.D.

(GAMJI)

The sense of outrage against MASSOB has grown to the level where members of the Abia State House of Assembly now demand “an outright disbandment of the group, stressing that their operations were not only affecting economic activities but inimical to the Igbo interest”. Details

 

MID-WEEK ESSAY:  Defending The Naira, Nigeria's Currency - Some Thoughts. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

Dr. Aluko is a GAMJI  writer, you can see more of his work in his webpage at: www.gamji.com/bolajialuko.htm

The other problem with Nigeria is that quite frankly our economic advisers and central bankers don't have the luxury of a whole lot of parameters to work with.  Our domestic savings profile is very low, our productivity is abysmally low (and falling) and our debt profile ($28.5 billion at last count) is outrageous. Details

 

The Gwaris and the Natural Environment: Issues in Sustainable Development. By

Ibrahim Umaru

(GAMJI)

Over four decades after Independence, the Gbagyi people still face the same grim and dehumanizing economic, social and political conditions they were subjected to under the colonial and native authorities of yesteryears. With the excruciating yoke of the successive hostile economic, educational and political policies with its emphasis on land alienation and neglect of agriculture as the mainstay of the Nigerian political economy, the social and economic fabric, which holds the Gbagyi people together, has given way. Details

 

Mr. Reuben Abati’s Nonsense: Re - Again, the North is afraid again. By  Musa Adamu Mbahi, M.D.

(GAMJI)

For Mr. Abati to use the comment of some individuals of Northern Nigerian extraction to raise the specter of civil war and flippantly invite it is very disappointing especially coming from a seemingly educated individual like him. Details

 

Ignorance, Knowledge and Democratic Politics in Nigeria. By Yusufu Bala Usman

(CEDDERT)

Ignorance is not the same as illiteracy. Knowledge is not the same as literacy, or, even the same as the acquisition of educational certificates, or, academic ranks. Some of the most highly literate Nigerians, and the most highly educated, by virtue of their certificates and ranks, are some of the most ignorant over many crucial areas of natural and human existence and over our national life, like our geography, history, economy and politics. Detail

 

Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida's Second Coming. By Adamu A. Muhammad

(GAMJI)

Is it not the same IBB that deliberately left late Gen. Sani Abacha behind in the ill fated Interim National Government of Chief Shonekan to torpedoed the so called third Republic, knowing fully well that the third Republic was meant not to flourish.  This in essence is for him IBB to come back to the forefront to continue with his stranglehold and to once again lay Political landmines on the Nations path to salvation and greatness. Details

Government Expenditure in Nigeria: Perspective and Synthesis. BY Maiwada Zubairu

(GAMJI)

[KANO, GARIN DABO]

In any country, particularly in developing ones like Nigeria,  public expenditures are needed because, market mechanism is ill-equipped to provide for societal wants and needs. Unfortunately however, public funds are not available to finance all worthy development projects. Therefore, selection of some projects means the exclusion of others. Details

 

Resource Control Legal Suit Filed by Bola Ige on Behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria is a diversion from the Centrality of the Real Issues Involved. By Tanimu Yakubu

[KATSINA, DAKIN KARA]

(GAMJI)

How could the greatest defender of the truth that had once made both the Action Group and Northern Peoples Congress uncomfortable shy away from the truth today?  This is exactly what Bola Ige has done by seeking to make the dichotomy between onshore and offshore oil production the key to equitable, just and legal distribution of the national wealth.  Details

 

A Response to Mindeno Bayagbon's Article in the Vanguard's Newspaper of April 14. By  Dr.  S R Aminu

(GAMJI)

The greatest engineers of corruption in Nigeria are the elites from the south west and that is because they are the greediest of all Nigerians. They even have special vocabulary for corruption like "egunje" and codes like "419". Details

 

A Government's Real Responsibilities Should be its Citizen. By Waziri H. Ahmadu

(GAMJI)

From May 1999 to date, the Naira had been effectively devalued by 50%. Delay in the government’s refusal to face up to this problem leads to a daily erosion of 0.08% from Nigeria’s GDP, and daily loss of N16.5 billion by the whole country. Details

 

Nigeria: Moving Towards A Productive Workforce. By Dr. Nubi Achebo

(GAMJI)

In Nigeria where the unemployment rate is more than 30%, the perception is that organizations have access to a large pool of job applicants.  While this might be true, the fact remains that most of these job applicants are not job-ready;– they wont be able to come into the organization and hit the ground running. Details

 

Should there be Registration of New Political Parties? By

Christopher Odetunde, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

If the current political parties satisfy the yawning of citizens there should be no call for new political parties.  If new political parties were registered, there wouldn’t be any need for the existing political parties to panic if they responded to the call of the nation and the needs of citizens. Details

 

MONDAY QUARTERBACKING: "Mr. President, Mr. Veep - Your Tax Returns, Sirs?" By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

It is an annual ritual in the United States:  April 15 is Tax Day, last day on which you should have postmarked your tax returns unless you have asked for extension (till August). Otherwise if you eventually owe money to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), you will pay interest on it with a fine. Details

 

The Story is Getting More Weird. By Isaac  Ehikioya

(GAMJI)

There  are  “ENGR”  all  over  the  place  yet  nothing  works.  Problems  that  require  the  application  of  the  simplest  engineering  principle  to  solve  abound  all  over  the  country  yet  our  ‘ENGR”  go  about  complaining  like  anybody  else.  But  the  next  moment,  the  guy  will  proudly  announce  himself  as  Engineer  So- So.  How  I  wish  somebody  will  inform  these  people  that  engineering  is  a  practical  science. Details

 

FRIDAY ESSAY: Democracy and State Integration in Nigeria - Steps Towards Its Consolidation. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

Nigeria's unity should not be taken for granted.  Thus, it is absolutely essential that a fundamental, comprehensive and popular review of the 1999 Constitution must be embarked upon in the shortest time possible, involving all stakeholders via a Sovereign National Conference. Details

 

Naira Value: Its Determination And Management . By Waziri H. Ahmadu

(GAMJI)

Back in the late ‘80s when the government of IBB went shopping for strategies to improve the efficiencies and productivity of the Nigerian economy, the ‘Washington Details

 

Whither Nigeria?

By Okenwa R. Nwosu, M.D.

(GAMJI)

The successful installation of democratic governance since May 29, 1999 has lessened the import of an SNC. Some, however, feel that the convocation of an SNC will

Details

 

HIV/AIDS in Africa and Pharmaceutical Companies: It is Time to Save Lives. By: Chinua Akukwe

(GAMJI)

Today, more than 25 million Africans live with the HIV virus, and their families will perform the same funeral rituals within the next decade. Details

 

Press Release Human Right Violation Investigation Commission (HRVC) Oputa Panel. Ohanaze Ndigbo And Igbo World Congress (IWC)
Forwarded by Ugo Harris 

(GAMJI)

Any individual including all the International humanitarian and human right organizations who saw , noticed and recorded atrocities committed against the Igbos Details

 

Knowledge Does Not Deceive. By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi [Update]

(GAMJI)

“One day while he was with a group of his companions, a man said to him “O Caliph, fear Allah..” ‘Umar’s companions were angered by this, but he asked them to let the man express himself freely, saying Details

 

Press Release. Forwarded by Bamidele A. OJO

(GAMJI)

The inauguration of...SONNIDO (Society Of Nigerian Nationals In Diverse Organizations in the Americas). Details

 

Open letter to Gen. Gowon: You talk to Gen. Danjuma. by M.R. Hammantukur
Manchester, U.K

(GAMJI)

I read your good will message to the Arewa Forum in the Vanguard of 10:4:2001.I rejoic