Our Slaves; Their Prisoners: Where did our Resources Go? By Osa Iyinbo, MPA

(GAMJI)

For those who claimed they have lived abroad, how often were governors and government officials, even police commissioners, attacked by robbers? How often were sirens and security details abused? Does the mayor’s (not even the governor) convoy ever prevent anyone from running their errands? Our offspring have learned well. Details

 

Anambra Senatorial Appeal, Before These Judgements. By  Emeka Oraetoka

(GAMJI)

One disturbing conclusion from the tribunal handling of the senatorial petitions in Anambra State, is the mindset of the Justice G.M. Nabaruma's panel. From here, the assumption is that the tribunal had concluded before commencing sitting that PDP won the senatorial elections in Anambra State. The question objective Nigerians are asking is: why wasting time and resources in entertaining the petitions from other political parties, when they knew that PDP won the election in question? Details

 

Between Emotionally Loaded Responses And True Intellectualism: A Response To Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. By Ibraheem A. Waziri

(GAMJI)

In my submission, I really had to digress, to understand the true Christians position in matters relating to laws, before I went ahead to understand the secularist who is truly behind the Christians’ question. On the other hand, the main thrust of the argument is there is difference between a simple apostasy and apostasy accompanied by treason. Details

 

Replication of Corruption in Nigeria: Nigeria and Her Culture. By Kunle I Sowunmi

(GAMJI)

... the police collects bribes with confidence as if it is a right. Most of Nigeria Police Vehicles on the Highway Patrol from Lagos to Abeokuta had it written on their vehicles “Operation Fire for Fire” a very scaring message not only to robbers but also to the drivers and psychological trauma for passengers. Details

 

Now that Zephaniah Jisalo Has Been Nominated As Abuja Municipal Area Council Chairman. By Emeka Oraetoka

(GAMJI)

In other words, should Jisalo's deputy come from Southeast, the Igbos will definitely vote PDP in the forthcoming local government election. One good advantage going for them is that they have commanding population in at least six (6) wards in AMAC. Details

 

The Trouble with the Government and the Police. By Uzo Obi

(GAMJI)

Since Nigerian independence, Government has always responded to security problems such as these with frequent meetings and re-deployments of DIG’s and tough talk. No doubt the officers and men of the Police may be too embarrassed to hear from the President that amongst them are armed robbers and it goes to show how Politicians can make them scapegoats. Will the Police now do their jobs fearlessly without playing into the hands of Politicians?Details

 

Backup And Recovery, Strategies For Avoiding Arsons In Nigeria. By Paul I. Adujie

(GAMJI)

Too many public buildings and national edifices have been burnt intentionally in Nigeria, in efforts by criminals and corrupt persons to cover crimes and prevent prosecutions, thereby avoiding prison and other forms of punishments; There are modern ways to make this improbable and even impossible. Details

 

This Land Must Sacrifice Again. By Patrick Iria Uanseru

(GAMJI)

If the nest of killers in the PDP can see something good in killing Bola Ige, OGB, Marshal, Dikibo, if they can plot the daylight overthrow of Ngige, if they can institute an inhuman and faceless regime that is bent on dehumanising Nigerians, if they can continue to turn the governance of this country into an affair of " you chop and I chop " then I think it will be a most patriotic thing to visit John Jerry Rawlings Details

 

Key to Internal Security and Development. By Kunle I Sowunmi

(GAMJI)

My trip to Nigeria viz a vis Abeokuta, Ibadan, Sango Ota and Lagos changed and moved me to the point of tears right from the Lagos airport you could see that the society looked hungry. The Airport staff working in rest room or Toilet preferred to hold on to toilet papers with the hope of extracting tips by force before one could use the toilet, the baggage collection section was full of criminals Details

 

On Polygamy and HIV/AIDS, a comment. By Dr. Aminu Magashi

(GAMJI)

In conclusion, I will like to say that why are we targeting HIV/AIDS only with respect to premarital screening. Is it because someone has told us that it is our biggest problem and dilemma. Other diseases  that exist such as Hepatitis and Syphilis which are also being transmitted through sexual intercourse and also Sickle Cell Disease. Details

 

Before They Come Visiting. By Abba Abubakar

(GAMJI)

If what I am about to narrate happened to me once I might probably not bother to do that for I will consider myself a new entrant. But to have seen what I saw and experience the experiences I did, I think I am literate enough to comment...When sometime last year I read Sam Ndaisaih`s encounter(s) with robbers I felt great pity for him. I do when ever anyone narrates his/her experiences. But this sort of feeling changed when in late February my house was ransacked by a group of young men and an elderly foreman. Details

 

The Network and conspiracy of  3 Columnists on Polio Immunisation  in NigeriaBy Yusuf Adalat

(GAMJI)

On my discourse today, when I wrote that Dr. Magashi has used his contact and position to call on his fellow columnists to equally join the campaign of calumny against polio and its partners , to me  , it seems they have not only responded to his plee but they have now formed  a network of columnists against polio immunisation in Nigeria. Details

 

Nigeria Needs Local And Or State Police Now! By  Paul I. Adujie

(GAMJI)

But recent events, such as the escalating violence, especially, the spate of what appear to be politically motivated killings or assassinations, make repeating and reinforcing my earlier call for local and or state police worthy; Three governors, Messrs Akume, Kalu and Tinubu were attacked within, or during a single week period, that is certainly alarming! Details

 

Jigawa Backs Polio Vaccination. By Jibo Nura

(GAMJI)

In 1976, however, Dr. Jonas Salk in a counter reaction stated “the OPV of Dr. Albert Sabin was the principal cause of polio injuries and deaths since 1961. He (Dr. Jonas) also accused Dr. Sabin’s OPV as the sole cause of all the reported adverse case of polio in the U.S.A. since 1961.

As a result, the United States congress officially acknowledged the reality of polio vaccine caused injuries and deaths. Detail

 

Dear President Obasanjo, Threat to Assassinate Me. By Governor Orji Uzor Kalu

(GAMJI)

I wish to use this medium to request you to arrest Anenih and any other persons or organizations involved in this national catastrophe without further delay. How could N300 billion of taxpayers’ money get wasted while the perpetrators of the ignominious act walk the streets free? Details

 

Nigeria's Unsolved Murder: The Police or the Nest of Killers? By   Wayne Smith Okafor

(GAMJI)

The litany of unsolved murders is growing at a fast pace and one wonders if assassination is now an accepted means of settling political scores. Where do we begin? Chief Bola Ige then Chief Law Officer of Nigeria, Hon Olugbaju, Professor Chimere Ikoku, Barrister Igwe and his wife, Harry Marshal, Theodore Agwatu, Ogbonnaya Uche, Chief Dikibo and now Mr Andrew Agom . Details

 

Rural Dwellers and the Forgotten Poor. By Victor E. Dike

(GAMJI)

The poor rural dwellers (men, women, and children) are facing many challenges, but the government is not paying attention to their problems. Any person who treks around the remote villages will discover the myriad difficulties they endure. Details

 

Re: Unethical and Responsibility (sic) in Governor Jolly Nyame administration. By Son Gyoh

(GAMJI)

One should also bear in mind that the issue of public service provision as a whole is now highly compromised by the wider effects of cut backs occasioned by IMF conditionality and its privatisation agenda embraced by the Nigerian government in line with the SAP stabilisation package. It is an IMF position to roll back public investment in services as transportation, housing etc. Details

 

Osuofia in London: Matters Arising. By Bekeh Utietiang

(GAMJI)

Nigerian movies have always been characterized by marital problems, rituals, crime, and religion. These are problems that plague the Nigerian society. Many producers have been able to offer positive messages from these problems through their movies. Thus, most Nigerian movies end with the statement, “To God be the Glory.” These producers must be thanked for the lessons they are putting out for people to learn. Details

 

Dishonorable Ministers: In Dollars, not in Naira! By Murtala Bala Habu, III

(GAMJI)

Obviously, dishonorable ministers are educated well enough to know that paying them in dollars as citizens of Nigeria has no moral bases, instead they double cross President Obasanjo who is half baked to know the moral implications, especially that Mr. President is much consumed with four words “In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” However, in rationality, dishonorable ministers equate United States Dollars and Nigeria Naira as follows: Details

 

Security! Security!! More Security!! Must Now Become Job One For President Obasanjo. By Paul I. Adujie

(GAMJI)

Safety and security of the lives and properties in Nigeria, has now become, for many good reasons, the number one priority job for president Obasanjo of Nigeria, president Obasanjo’s job has literarily become that of preserving the lives and properties of Nigerians, safety and security has become a sine qua non for his efforts at economic revival and national growth, safety and security is fundamentally essential, a requirement and a magnet for increased business and sundry activities in any nation. Details

 

PEOPLE & POLITICS BY MOHAMMED HARUNA The Great Siege

Going by the spate of banditry and killings in this country of recent it should not surprise anyone if, in a not too distant future, the level of insecurity in Nigeria catches up with its dismal record as the second most corrupt country in the world....The week I lost my car two friends lost their jeeps, two more had their homes raided, one at the unlikely 07.30 hours of the day, and two hapless motorcyclists were gunned down in broad daylight in the course of a futile attempt by a group of bandits to steal a parked jeep, all in the same Kaduna. Details

 

[COURT PROCEEDING] BUHARI VS OBASANJO & 268 ORS 25/2/2004. Forwarded by Adamu Kyuka Usman

PW97: ETHELBERT OKWARANYA: I live in UMUOBON in IDEA TO SOUTH L.G.A., IMO STATE. I am a businessman and politician. This politics I have being doing for a long time. I remember 19/4/2003 having contested the previous week to represent my constituency. On 10th April, 2 days to my election I suddenly heard gunshots in front of my compound. I looked out through the window of my house and saw 3 trucks loaded with mobile policemen led by the official car of the caretaker chairman of Ideato south L.G. whose name is chief Bonny Ibili. They said they came for my arrest but the villagers resisted my arrest and offered to be shot instead. Details

 

Entrenching Violence. By   Kňmbň Mason Braide, Ph.D.

(GAMJI WRITER)

Our messiah (who art in Abuja), hypnotised by his unbelievable success in exporting his so-called “home-grown” brand of “nascent” democracy, from Dodan Barracks, via Yola Prison, to the rest of the bloody civilian population in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, DRC, Sao Tome, Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, and beyond, feels triumphant about his latest pet project: the complete subjugation and ultimate colonisation of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Details

 

Resource Control and Development. By Wada Nas

Of course, we all know that the endless violence in some parts of the Niger Delta is not, strictly speaking, about resource control alone. After all, the most devastating flash point is in Warri between Ishtkiri and Ijaw, none of which monopolises the oil resources and therefore no basis to continue to slaughter each other on account of this. Each is as disadvantaged as the other. Furthermore, the fact that this violence is substantially limited to Warri, indicates that it is not all about resource control. At the bottom of it also is land scarcity. So long as this remain the case the violence will continue regardless of the positive advantages of the Act. Details

 

Death Threat-( Who is next). By Mazi Lawrence

(GAMJI)

We all can now see the wisdom of  Chief  Ekwueme, who quickly run away for his life immediately after that primary election of PDP, because he already saw his death notice letter,  Okadigbo is death, Harry, has gone OGB is late Ige is gone Dikibo is not in fridge  Akume thank your God, and if I may ask What has Orji Kalu done against this evil enemy of Igbo land Details

 

New Year Message: Better Last than Never. By  Salisu Ahmed Koki

(GAMJI)

Nigeria, the sleeping giant, is in a state of inexpressible confusions. The cost of maintaining one’s life in oil-rich Nigeria is very high. Politics, they say, is a very trickish gambling game played not in cards but in wisdom, might, power, money and intelligence. Details

 

A Case for Reason, Clarity and Unity. By Kennedy Emetulu

(GAMJI)

No one has a greater stake in Nigeria than each of us. Our unity of purpose must define the effort now and not our minor differences in approach, methodology and all that inconsequential shrapnel that define all emotive national issues. Details

 

Nigeria: Who are the Real Prostitutes? By Osa Iyinbo, MPA

(GAMJI)

What comes to mind when we discuss prostitutes and prostitution in our country is the fact that our institutions of learning, particularly from the high (secondary) school level, have become bargaining houses of some sorts. At the same time, our higher institutions (glorified structures of learning) can be likened to the notorious “Red-Light” districts of Europe. Details

 

In Response to President Obasanjo's Call on Nigerians in Diaspora: The tale of a Nigerian- born Police Sergeant in the US. By Chike Obinna

(GAMJI)

President Obasanjo’s ongoing efforts to attract Nigerians living overseas back home to join in the efforts of building Nigeria is very encouraging. Also the disclosure that two of such Nigerians already helping out in the home front namely at the Foreign Affairs and Finance Ministries are being paid in dollars is good news. Details

 

The Orwellian Activists in Our Midst. By Femi Olawole

(GAMJI)

Secondly, as terrible as Gen. Abacha was, he did try on about two occasions to release Chief M.K.O. Abiola through some face-saving court discharges.  But these so-called activists pleaded, cajoled and even blackmailed the man not to “abandon” the June 12 people’s mandate.  Unknown to the Chief, he was the hen that was laying the golden eggs. Details

 

On Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s  ‘‘Religious Discrimination” in Muslim Laws: Replying Christian Criticism”. By Ibraheem A. Waziri

(GAMJI)

But before I go further it is good to start by understanding that the reality of things as they are in today’s world do not point to a direct conflict between Christianity and Islam. But rather between irreligion and religion, or in other words, secularism, that is, material description of the universe we live in and spiritualism, which is the esoteric description of the universe, as seen in Christianity. Details

 

Opportunity Beckons in Nigeria as Insecurity Pervades the Nation. By  Mike Ozulumba, Esq.

(GAMJI)

In late February 2004, the Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar sauntered into the UCLA Hall in Sacramento, California, USA. In Tow with him were Gov. Orji Kalu of Abia State, and Gov. Attah of Akwa Ibom State. In his written speech to the crowd and Nigerians present, he enumerated Governments efforts to clean up Nigeria via Privatization of government held Companies. He attributed Nigeria’s woes to lack of investment capital from outside the country and the debilitating National Debt now close to $28 Billion. Details

 

From Whence Cometh Our Help? By Eben Dokubo

(GAMJI)

Nigerians have seen it all. There is hardly any manifestation of poverty, terror, injustice, oppression, neglect, and despair that we have not experienced first-hand, either individual or collectively. Somehow, we have found the inner strength to fight the harbingers of doom, from colonial masters, through corrupt politicians to a corrupt and overbearing military, and now back to cerebral, urbane, yet outlandish corrupt politicians. Details 

 

The Ministerial Dollar Salary Affair: Matters Arising (1). By Kennedy Emetulu

(GAMJI)

Obviously, the Federal Government believes that these officers are doing Nigeria a favour by receiving lesser than they would have received if they had remained in their previous international positions. Under the arrangements approved by the President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr Okonjo-Iweala is reportedly being paid $247, 000 (about N36 million per annum), while Ambassador Adeniji receives $120, 000 (about N17 million per annum) making a total of about N53 million for both Ministers, an amount more than enough to pay 71 Ministers at the rate stipulated by the Certain Political, Public and Judicial Office Holders (Salaries and Allowances, etc) Act No. 6 2002 Details

 

Soyinka and the Dollar Ministers. By Kennedy Emetulu

(GAMJI)

It is unfortunate that Prof Wole Soyinka was quoted in the news as absolving the dollar-paid Ministers of any blame because they have a right to negotiate whatever pay they deem fit for their services. To him the blame should go to "the government", by which he means Obasanjo Details

 

Wada Nas's Calls for Obasanjo's Resignation. By Usman Yerima 

(GAMJI)

Last week, former Minister for Boy-Boy Affairs under the Rogue administration and Criminal enterprise of Sanni Abacha, Mr. Wada Nas called for the resignation of President Obasanjo. Mr. Nas describes Obasanjo's administration as a hopeless one that has failed Nigerians. Details

 

Nigeria: The Most Religious, The Most Happy, Currently Working On....The Most Developed? By  Paul I. Adujie

(GAMJI)

So, on the one hand, it is good to know that Nigerians are the most religious, but on the other, it surely would have been nice, if being most religious translate into, Nigerians being the most understanding and most tolerant and most loving of other fellow Nigerians, regardless of religious persuasions Details

 

The Role of Ideology in Nation Building (Part 1). By Adeleke Otunuga

(GAMJI)

Charles Taylor, for instance, is right now enjoying a palatial life of ‘the untouchable’ in Calabar, Nigeria, while thousands of innocent Liberians have been killed, maimed, raped, turned to child soldiers; while scores of hundreds of others are undergoing a sustained phase of hunger and deprivation Details

 

Children at Cross Fire: Between Dr. Magashi and the World Health Organization (WHO). By Yusuf Adalat

Lastly, I have to say that, polio in Nigeria, its success lies with Kano state to allow progress and ensure immunisation, so that Nigeria, Africa and the world can achieve polio free by 2005 and I bet him and many others that measles will be the likely disease that will  focus hence forth and my advise is that let put heads together, Dr Magashi, his colleagues, Kano state government, federal ministry of health, NPI, WHO and other partners to achieve polio free. Details

  

PEOPLE AND POLITICS WITH MOHAMMED HARUNA 

Miscellany

Last Saturday was supposed to have been a major success story for those of us at Arewa Media Forum (AMF). Instead it turned out a bit of a damp squib. Before I tell you how, I need to explain what the AMF is. As the name suggests, it is a forum of some northern professionals and businessmen concerned about the failure of the mass media, especially the private ones, in the north, something which has led to an unbalanced and, therefore, an unhealthy information order in the country. Details

 

BUHARI US. OBASANJO AND 268 ORS. FORWARDED BY Adamu Kyuka Usman

PW87  Effiok Jimbo Akpan:  I live in my village Ikoti Ikpedan. I am an Okada man.  I can remember 19/4/2003....That day was for presidential and gubernatorial election.... The chairman of my party asked me to take him on a machine to INEC office.  The INEC office is at the L.G. headquarters in Okanafun Akwa Ibom State.  When we got to INEC office we saw one motor driving into the INEC compound. Inside the compound military people came out of the vehicle.  The same vehicle went out and brought more military men to the INEC office. My party chairman told me to carry him to find out where the military men were being brought to the INEC office.  As we were following the vehicle, we saw it enter into the premises of the L.G. chairman.  I know the L.G. chairman as Nesman. The L.G chairman belongs to PDP.  When we saw this we turned back and went back to the INEC office.  The same vehicle came back again but did not go into the INEC office.  Instead it parked on an adjoining field more soldiers came out of the vehicle and started shooting into the air.  The soldier close to me pointed his gun at me and shot me.  This is where the military man shot me. Details

 

The “Big Big” Salaries of the “Diaspora” Ministers . By    Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

Nigeria is a funny place – and a dangerous one to boot.  The ongoing controversy over the “big big” differential pay being offered to AT LEAST two ministers in the Obasanjo cabinet (notice that I write “at least”) could easily degenerate into allegations of sexism (“Ehen, is it because she is a woman?”)  or ethnicism (“Ehen, is it because she is Igbo?”) or elitism (“Ehen, na jealousy: is it because she went to Harvard and you went to Bowling Green?”)  That would be a big disservice to the world-class Minister of Finance Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala who I have known since childhood. Details

 

THURSDAY ESSAY:  The 9% Fight Between Federal and State Governments Over Revenue Allocation. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

(GAMJI WRITER)

Let’s cut to the chase and lay out the history of revenue allocation in Nigeria in tabular form:  see Table 1.  With 1 Federal Government, 36 state governments and 774 local governments, the ongoing controversy between the Federal Government, the States and the Revenue Mobilization, Accounts and Financial Commission (RMAFC) – let’s leave the local governments out of it, just stand-by on-lookers for now – are essentially as follows: Details

 

Apostasy Between Theology and Politics: A Brief Response to Ibrahim Waziri. By Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

(GAMJI WRITER)

The surprise to me is that Waziri, in writing his long piece on my paper, actually contradicts himself on various points. For example, after criticizing my argument that the death penalty is for sedition and treason, he concludes his own argument with the following words: “In my opinion and based on the aforementioned, if an apostate is to be spared in anyway it is after signing a contract with the Muslim ummah that he will not fight them in anyway possible”! Details

 

'The Conspirators' and the Rest of Us. By Paul Mamza

(GAMJI WRITER)

Actually, if the conspiracy among the current leaders of the North as alerted by Balarabe Musa perpetuated thereby sending  its citizenry into slavery and ignorance is worthwhile, government at the National level had assisted these conspiracies through deliberate efforts of subjugation. Details

 

Kano State As a Challenge to Global Polio Eradication. By    Dr. Aminu  Magashi

(GAMJI)

From a street beggar ,to a truck pusher and a trader in the market up to the level of the apparently well educated and informed individuals in Kano, every body is aware of the media hype about the polio eradication in Nigeria vis-ŕ-vis the stand of the Kano state government on its decision to maintain the suspension of the programme due to the fact that the committee the government set up to investigate the allegation of contaminant within the vaccine had discovered an estradiol, a synthetic hormone capable of rendering female children infertile. Details

 

President Obasanjo's Dangerous Fantasies. By Aonduna Tondu

(GAMJI)

As Nigerians sleepwalk through the administrative decay and havoc now ravaging the society, those responsible for their suffering, we are reminded, seem to be busy doing what they do best, that is plotting to impose on the nation the mercenary schemes of a self-serving cabal and their collaborators - both local and foreign. Details

 

The Adeniji-Okonjo-Iweala Salary Debate: What Has Patriotism Got to Do With It? By  Chika Onyeani

(GAMJI)

The debate is about why these two ministers should be paid in dollars as against other ministers  being paid in the Nigerian Naira currency.  Opponents of the salary arrangements cite specific constitutional provisions which stipulate how much officials in different categories of the country's service should be paid, in the Nigerian currency, including President Obasanjo himself. Ostensibly, some recalcitrant ministers who felt aggrieved by several factors in the new Obasanjo administration, leaked the information to the press and since then there has been an chorus of indignation in the Nigerian media, whipping up flames of antagonism against these two ministers.

Details

 

The Coup And Regime Change In Haiti, Is Brought To You, By Courtesy Of The United States? A New World Order Of Uprooting Elected Governments? By  Paul I. Adujie

(GAMJI)

There is dangerous precedent being laid by the United States, there is a grave danger of slippery-slope of resorting to undemocratic and unconstitutional change of government by violent means, conducted by other copy-cats thugs, rebels and anarchist. This is clearly wrong! Details

 

The Okonjo-Iweala-Adeniji Scandal stinks to the High Heavens! By Dr. Wunmi Akintide

(GAMJI)

I don't care what an economic wizard Ms. Okonjo-Iweala had become in the World Bank or what efficient and diplomatic expertise Ambassador Adeniji may have acquired at the United Nations, it makes little sense to appoint them and pay them the same salaries or a little less than what they were making in the two international organizations. Details

 

Of Ministers and Dollars. By Adeniyi Aliu

(GAMJI)

There are pros and cons to the decision of the Nigerian federal government to pay certain of its Ministers disproportionate salaries in foreign currency. It might surprise you that both sides of this issue can be reconciled. A seeming contradiction? Not really -- this is my take on the issue Details

 

Rejoinder to: Premarital Blood Screening Against HIV/AIDS Among Muslims: Which Way Out? By  Taofiq Abiola

(GAMJI)

Your article on the subject was quite good especially the last paragraph in essence it appears you would be advocating the Government pass a legislation that all persons intending to marry be screen of HIV by getting a HIV negative certificate. Details

 

In Defence of Right Reason: The Anambra Crisis and a festival of Evasions. By  Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh

(GAMJI)

The Enugu State example was the crazy antics of spoilt kids, in comparison to what transpired in Anambra state. Anambra’s version of the PDP-scripted electoral fraudulence, remains the worst heist that mean spirited disregard of the people could ever fabricate. Anambra state was diametrically dissatisfied with the PDP and the dubious duo of Mbadinuju and Emeka Offor.  Details

 

Deji of Akure Part 3. The "sine die" Adjournment by Ondo State Chief Judge is a Travesty. By Dr. Wunmi Akintide

(GAMJI)

Let me make it abundantly clear, up front, that the stalemate, is music to my ears as someone who still believes that creating another Ruling House in Akure was a step in the wrong direction, and partly responsible for this stalemate in selecting a new Deji. Details

 

The Polio Vaccine Controversy: That Jokolo Attack on Dr. Haruna Kaita. By Babayola M. Toungo

(GAMJI)

But not Jokolo who, I firmly believe even if I cannot legally prove, was privy to Abacha’s plans to send Dasuki into exile in far away Taraba State. He was also quick to clean the government’s mess of the death of Shehu Yar Adua in prison at a rather ill timed moment when the nation was still grieving his loss. I thought that was grossly insensitive. Details

 

Oh Ye Ministers Of Little Faith In The Naira And Nigeria! By  Paul I. Adujie

(GAMJI)

The startling revelations of the fact that some public officials in Nigeria, living and working in Nigeria, demanded to be paid in foreign currency and are, as such being paid in US dollars, is to say the least, befuddling and simply amazing! Details

 

Another Tragedy of Ignorance. By Chidi P. Eze

(GAMJI)

In the north, today you see people who are billionaires and millionaires not by their dint of hard work, but by the embezzlement of national resources and corruption. In the north you see people who ought to have faced firing squad or life imprisonment without the option parole  juggling to be president or what have you. Details   

In Search of a Model Constitution for Real Democracy. By  Muyiwa Sobo

(GAMJI)

Fortunately, it is not too late to act.  “Nigeria's emerging democracy needs a sound foundation in effective and responsive institutions.  The adoption of a broadly accepted constitution, including the protection of minority group rights, is a critical early step in this process." Details

 

Premarital Blood Screening Against HIV/AIDS Among Muslims: Which Way Out? Forwarded By  Global Network for Islamic Justice, Gusau, Zamfara State, Nigeria

(GAMJI)

Therefore through the nature of the Muslims polygamous culture (a man marrying more than a wife) if the man happens to be a carrier, there is every tendency for him to infect all his wives, be they three, four or two. And a newly HIV positive woman married to a man with 2 or 3 wives, all of them can be infected and this would have multiplier effect if either of the partners so being infected, got separated and later remarried. Details

 

Polio Vaccine: Its Safety, a Challenge to Africa Population …By Murtala Bala Habu, III

(GAMJI)

The west have used and or still using Africans for slavery, now the west feels our population is escalating, therefore Africans should not have as many children as God want us to have through science. This is not a case where Africans should accept the vaccine or not. Details

 

Shell Cuts Proven Oil Reserves: Some Observations. By Engobo Emeseh

(GAMJI)

On the 9th of January 2004, The Royal/Dutch Shell Group of companies announced to a shocked world that it was reducing its estimates of proven petroleum reserves by a whopping 20%. This meant as much as 3.9 billion barrels of hydrocarbons were to be reclassified as “scope for recovery.” Details

 

The Politics of Distressed Banks. By  Zainab Usman

(GAMJI)

A couple of months ago, newspapers were full of news about distress in the banking sector. It got so bad that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had to issue a circular to douse the rumours. As they say, there is no smoke without fire as Societe Generale Bank (SGBN) and African International Bank (AIB) were sent out of the clearing house paving the way for their demise. Details

 

Madame Federal Minister of Finance, to Thee I Write. By  Obadiah Oghoerore Alegbe

(GAMJI)

A Nigerian Governor was said to have been detained for some hours at London Airport for carrying Millions of Dollars cash while coming form a Trade Mission in the Far East, because the Nigerian Banking System is completely run by thieves, he would now use banking services. Details

 

The Silence of Attorney-General on Anambra State Affair. By Samuel Obukwelu

(GAMJI)

There are supposed to be three independent arms of the Government in the country, viz, the Executive otherwise known as the Presidency, the Judiciary and the Legislature.. However, it seems that the Executive seems to be lording it over the other arms. This creates a situation of subservience to the Presidency, which can result in tyranny. Details

 

New Era for Igbo Leadership--Hope for Ohanaeze. By Ugo Harris

(GAMJI)

The purpose of this contribution is to provide a perspective often ignored in analysing Igbo leadership. This is necessary before we can meaningfully prescribe solutions. And I would go further to identify the cleaning of the electoral system as a major step in our desire to reclaim our leadership from opportunists. Let me explain. Details

 

COURT PROCEEDING (TRANSCRIPT): BUHARI VS. OBSANJO AND 268 ORS. Forwarded by Adamu Kyaku Usman

(GAMJI WRITER)

PW86: EPKENYONG  NTEKIM:On 12/4/03 we woke up to find that soldiers have completely besieged INEC office in Akwa Ibom state; particularly in my own ward Nung Atai/Ube ward II in Okobo L.G. Akwa Ibom state.  I was physically present in that my ward and in particular my polling unit.  There were no voting materials. By 10 o’clock in the morning I went to INEC office in Okobo. When I got to INEC office in the morning the whole place was flooded with soldiers. Our L.G. supervisory agent kestin Uya had been thrown out of the INEC office. He told me he had been chased out by soldiers. Details

 

Response to Sokoto Youth Association Ag President on the Inclusion of Comrade Gani Adams on the National Peace Committee. By Adeyemi LaCrown Oloruntoba

(GAMJI)

Who says Nigerians cannot write intellectually? Who says all of us can shun all negativity and confront the power that be? Who says the power of money cannot make people bury their dreams especially with the way IBB had made money our semi-god in Nigeria during his tenure when public officers were deployed, reployed, employed and redeployed. Who says many Ken Saro Wiwas cannot thrive in the face of several Abacha. Details

 

An Outline of Achievements. By Wada Nas

For the sake of history and future generations, it is quite important for us to document some few core- achievements recorded by the semi-democratic regime of the anointed era, we need to do so for research purposes. The most easily remembered of them all is the building of a magnificent office in the free flying zone of the kingdom of chronic presidential air travellers, from where for about 1/3 of his tenure so far, he has been administrating his conquered kingdom, for which, he needs extra N 86 billion to fortify the air castle. Details

 

The Silence of Health NGOs. By  Dr. Aminu  Magashi

(GAMJI)

From available record and my not-so-profound searching, we don't have a single loose network of health NGOs operating in the country which is providing such demand with a clear vision. While public health policies are enacted using top-to-bottom approach, inadequate in-put of representations of the masses, the implementation of projects are characterized with lack of vision, good design and not a people oriented with improper accountability and transparency. Details

 

Polio: An Open Letter to Governor Ibrahim Shekarau. By Ahmed Gana

(GAMJI)

Sir, the controversy over polio is just a distraction, what is material is to provide vaccines of assured quality to your people as I pointed out earlier in Daily Trust of 12th February, 2004.  Whether the controversial vaccines are good or not people do not want them, the controversy has already thrown doubt into the mind of the people Details

 

The Relevance of Emirs, Arewa, Clerics, and Sharia in 21st Century Nigeria. By Usman Yerima

(GAMJI)

Why does one state have multiple Emirs anyway? More importantly, here is a state where Education suffers tremendously due to lack of proper funding. Here is a state where the health care sector is totally crippled due to lack of proper funding, lack of facilities, lack of medical equipments, and lack of qualified staff, yet the government finds it important to spend millions of dollars on limousine purchase for 4 men in the State. Details

PEOPLE AND POLITICS BY MOHAMMED HARUNA

A word for Kure

(GAMJI WRITER)

It is called the Power State, not on account of the fact that it has produced two military heads of state and possibly the single biggest concentration of retired senior military  officers, but  on  account of  the  fact that it hosts all three hydroelectric plants in the country. I am of course talking about Niger State whose youthful governor is Engineer Abdulkadir Kure. Five years ago he looked like a  most unlikely material for the political leadership of the state. A technocrat all his life, he left his last job as a civil servant in rather cloudy circumstances. This was as a director   in the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) Abuja. Some said he was, for all practical purposes, sacked by Lt-General Jerry Hussaini, the then powerful minister of Abuja, over allegations of mismanagement and misappropriations in his department. Others said the minister sacked him because he was an Islamic activist at a time when so-called Islamic fundamentalism had been put on the defensive both in Nigeria and abroad. Details

 

The Messiah You Are, Mr. Minister. By  Kombo Mason Braide, Ph.D.

(GAMJI WRITER)

Strangely though, Nigerians naively believed the paradox that, of all Nigerians, you, a former military despot, had the best credentials to lead them to a demilitarised democratic promised land. The myth of your being an achiever, and an elder statesman, really fooled Nigerians to believe that you were divinely anointed. However, soon after, it was clear to even your official praise-singers, that, after all, you are not the messiah that Nigerians have been waiting for, ever since 7:00 am, Saturday, 15 January 1966. Details

 

This Animal Called Corruption. By Paul Mamza

(GAMJI WRITER)

Having only Bangladesh to compete with in this profoundly devastating evidence, it seems the corruption gadfly has finally caught the country in the crucible of a disdainful reckoning. Power, they say, corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Accordingly, power and corruption can be said to have some raffish stance, depending on how power is administered. Details

 

BUHARI VS OBASANJO. Forwarded by Adamu Kyuka Usman

(GAMJI)

I live in George Temple compound Buguma Asari Toru L.G. I am a fisherman and petty trader. I can remember 19/4/03. It was the day for presidential and gubernatorial election. By 9 o’clock I went to   the polling station. The polling station is unit 10 of George’s compound. This is ward 1. When we got there we waited till 11:00am. After 11 we queued up but they told us to go that every thing is over. When I protested that I had not voted they shot into the air and the people scattered. The people who asked me to go are the people that brought the box. They brought the box already full with ballot papers. I am a registered voter. I have my card with me. Details