Plateau Peace Or Farce Conference? A Reply To S. A. Mohammed’s Bunch Of Falsehood; Part 1. By Joseph D. Rinyom

(GAMJI)

Furthermore, the use of the Hausa language in Jos does not mean that the land belonged, or belongs to the Hausas. If it were so, then Britain would still be laying claim to Nigeria . Moreover, they conquered the various segments that now make up the country, literally created and named Nigeria as it is today and we speak the English language as the country’s lingua franca. Details

 

Legislative Chambers Or Chambers Of Commerce? By Umar Bello

(GAMJI)

If it wasn’t Isa Mohammd giving Anisulowo a spec-shattering and macho-displaying slap, it was Senator Bacha receiving the same from an Amazon, Hon Minima, who tried to show that a strategic slap is not the preserve of a male bully. The ugly drama is endless and the Nigerian unfortunate spectators whose decaying condition is begging for attention are almost puking with disgust for in this contraption called democracy, these purposeless sailors are those to pilot us to our targeted El-Dorado, if anything, this sorry lot can only topple the vessel. Details

 

Why Has Nigeria Failed To Develop? By Victor E. Dike

(GAMJI)

Many observers have wondered why Nigeria has failed to develop despite its oil wealth. The problem with Nigeria and its economic reform efforts seems to lie on its willingness to allow the influence of the Bretton Woods institutions on the major national economic policies. Details

 

Global Conspiracy And The Oppressed. By Umar Bello

(GAMJI)

A case of giving a dog a bad name and hanging it. It is only in such acrobatics that the killer in Israel will be termed as ‘defending himself’ and the armless Palestinian victim ‘a terrorist’ When the international community voices the need to mete out the Geneva treatment to some Taliban Militia caged in Guantanamo all that Rumsfeld did was to call them ‘enemy combatants’ who did not deserve to be called ‘prisoners of war’ as if in war there can be combatants who are friendly opponents!  Details

 

FIFA And The December 31, 2004 Deadline Given To Nigeria To Amend Its Football Laws Or Be Sanctioned: Why The Hurry, FIFA? By Amos I. Mallo

(GAMJI)

I am not challenging the authority of FIFA to issue directives to Football Associations affiliated to it across the world, including the NFA on how football should be ran globally.  My area of concern is in the way and manner such authority is being exercised by FIFA. Details

 

Season Of Slaps In The National Assembly. By Hussaini Sani Kagara

(GAMJI)

When the distinguished slap was given Senator Anisulowo, the women groups and others rashly concluded it was an assault against womanhood. Certainly, that distinguished slap was condemnable. The honourable slap, which was a crime against manhood, also has to be condemned. Or was it a balancing act as in equation? Man slap woman and woman slap man. Or is it the case of what a man can do, a woman can do better?  Details

 

Abti-American   University : A Boost For Education. By Usman Yerima

(GAMJI)

As a private citizen with a great desire to establish quality higher education in his community, it would have been perfectly ok for Atiku to establish whatever institution he chose to as long as the guidelines were followed. However, when the confused man left the primary focus in the education arena, which is our public schools, and went on to initiate the building of his own private college, it demonstrates a complete lack of common sense on his part. Actions like this from defficient public officials is why Nigeria and by extension Africa remain a confused society. Details

 

Our Today, Before Tomorrow. By Hussaini Sani Kagara

(GAMJI)

If one dies today, he has lost tomorrow. If the refineries are not working, the NEPA is epileptic, the taps are not running, the roads are full of potholes, the Industries are fast closing, hunger is everywhere, insecurity is prevalent and corruption is now a norm – what do you expect of tomorrow? What you sow is what you reap. Details

 

Napoleon is Always Right. By Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh

(GAMJI)

But in Nigeria , each new political dispensation hatches a recycled breed of old political undertakers and pallbearers, whose sworn duty is to bury Nigeria by instalment. The business of government since Nigerian independence has been the business of betraying all our collective aspirations to good governance, progress and stability. Details

 

That National Mosque Committee. By Hussaini Sani Kagara

(GAMJI)

Generally, mosques are not government parastatal that requires government intervention. The Abuja Jumma’at mosque was not conceived and built by the government nor was it counter-funded by the government either. The government is not the believer of religion but belief in religion is that of the individuals. Nigeria is not founded on the premise of religion but a “mistake” amalgamation of 1914. Details

 

Plateau Peace Or Farce Conference? By Sama’ila A. Mohammed

(GAMJI)

Dr. Beko Ransome Kuti is a medical doctor.  In his less sober moments he calls himself an activist of the human rights variety.  In 2001, it was alleged that he visited Jos for the first time of his life. What a pity!  He was “shocked” to find so many ‘Hausas’ or ‘Hausa-looking’ persons traversing the nooks and crannies of Jos. A ruder awakening was awaiting him. Hausa language was the de facto and the de jure language of interaction at the social, commercial and political levels. “Was Jos not a Berom land”?  He queried. Something must be done about this “ugly” situation.  And shortly thereafter, on September 7, 2001 , a religious violence of major proportion erupted in Jos. Details

 

Metaphysics of a Parliamentary Slap. By Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh

(GAMJI)

This may be a portent of more slappings to come. It seems that the National assembly is on the threshold of passing a new slapping-for-all-law, for its members consequent on the increased regularity of the trade of slaps in the national assembly Details

 

Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States : Where are the legislators? By Dahiru M. Maishanu

(GAMJI)

What catches my attention more is that the preponderance of these passive members seems to be lopsided. Calling a spade a spade, it is my opinion that most of these ‘lame ducks’ come from the far north and especially from the former Sokoto State comprising the present states of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara. This is however, not to say that there are no brilliant, even above average legislators from those areas. In fact the same states have produced some of the best legislators ever produced in the country. Details

 

Francisca   Yetunde   Emmanuel   (Nee)   Perreira: Remembering Nigerian Public Service Erelu. By Dr. Wunmi Akintide

(GAMJI)

If Nigeria is a grateful nation, Mrs. Francisca Yetunde Emmanuel deserves all the highest honors our nation can bestow on any citizen. She was easily the best in her time, and we have cause to thank God for her life and her contributions to our nation. Long live Nigeria 's first woman Permanent Secretary in the Federal Public Service. Details

 

The Great Debate About Stem Cells And Human Cloning. By Sam Ejike Okoye

(GAMJI)

Nothing really prepared the world for the 1997 announcement that a group of Scottish scientists had created a cloned sheep named Dolly. Many people believe that within the next decade, we will hear a more shocking announcement of the first cloned human. Thanks to two scientists in South Korea who claim to have created human embryos through cloning, it appears we are getting close. Cloning is the process of making a genetically identical organism without sexual intercourse. Detail

 

They Think Nigerians Living In USA Are All “That” . By Philip Odoemena

(GAMJI)

In recent times, some Nigerians living in USA have joined the present administration as lawmakers, senators, commissioners, ministers, and members of the House of Representatives. From all indications, the same crimes that they’re accusing those leaders in Nigeria are the same crimes that they are committing while serving in their respective offices in Nigeria . Details

 

Legislative Slaps And Gender Equality. By  Yushau Abdulhameed Shuaib

(GAMJI)

Nothing in recent time demonstrates devastating gender equality in Nigeria than the cross-gender legislative slaps from National Assembly. Almost all the local and foreign media sources made breaking news of the blow and counter blow from those elected to represent Nigerians in lawmaking. The subsequent news items and global commentaries on the incidents, have boost the image of our political class and give them deserved rating.  Details

 

The Federal Government Should Extend the State of Emergency in Plateau State to Consolidate Peace Gains. By Audu Zango

(GAMJI)

The State of Emergency in Plateau state has saved the lives, honour and property of innocent citizens from a murderous ethnic militia supported by cruel politicians and some diabolical “men of God”. Details

 

Abdulkadir Kure's Administration in Niger State. By Adamu Nchama Baba-Kutigi

(GAMJI)

What we are witnessing in Niger state is that democracy is not yet on trial; the state house of assembly does not know what they were voted for and therefore do not know their bound otherwise they will not tempered with the Nigerian constitution by changing the local government headquarters from Kontagora to Tunga wawa  Details

 

Tribalist Vs Nationalist: A Case Of Two Misplaced Nouns In Nigeria. By Ndubueze Godson III

(GAMJI)

I will like you to tell us one, just one thing so good about Nigeria, your beloved? During my elementary school days, the commonest insult one could haul at oluku/fool goes thus, a fool at forty, a fool always.  Details

 

Babangida And His Rank Mentality. By Anthony A. Akinola

(GAMJI)

There is an air of arrogance and impunity about Babangida which, sadly, was encouraged by Nigerians themselves.  We failed to call him to order on numerous occasions when he circumscribed public opinion for his own selfish agenda.  The soubriquet of “Maradona” which we gave him was to him a badge of honour Details

 

Recall: Blame Aminu, not Atiku. By Idris S. Garba

(GAMJI)

Jubril Aminu, senator, university teacher, diplomat, and administrator is in the news again, this time but not the first time, for the wrong reason. The man who stokes controversy for the heck of it is this moment up against a popular uprising, a no-win fight against his people. Tired of his posturing, ice-cold indifference and use-and-dump proclivity, his Adamawa Central constituents want him recalled and replaced with someone with their genuine interests at heart. Details

 

On Mohammed Buba Marwa’s Presidency. By Ibrahim Dan-Halilu 

(GAMJI)

Last week I read a very shocking remark about Marwa by former External Affairs Minister, Alhaji Sule Lamido, in the Saturday Punch of October 16, 2004. Alhaji Lamido clamped down on the three leading and visible presidential aspirants from the North – Ibrahim Babangida, Atiku Abubakar and Mohammed Buba Marwa, and asked northerners to broaden their search for a presidential aspirant for the 2007 election.

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Awards for failures: The ASA-USA Example. By Okechukwu E. Asia

(GAMJI)

When you think that you have seen it all, something weird happens. On October 30, 2004 , another weird thing will happen in far away Oklahoma State , USA . The Anambra State Association –USA (ASA-USA) will on this day honor two under-served, under performed, and ‘efulefu’ governors of Anambra and Abia States with awards of excellence. Details

 

Poets And The Society: The Association Of Nigerian Authors Kano Branch in Perspective. By  Muttaqa Yusha’u Abdulra’uf

(GAMJI)

The bandwagon of literacy out fit telequided by the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Kano state branch, meets at every ending Wednesday of the month, to read, discuss, evaluate literary works, ranging from short stories, poems and prose. The seemingly economic, social and political predicament that engulfed the Nigerian society appears to be the inspiration that strokes the emotions of most of the poets in this months (September 27th, 2004), which is why this piece is tagged poet and society Details

 

Abti-American University : A Boost For Education. By Suleman Abba Mohammed

(GAMJI)

As the founders of ABTI-American University collect their registration certificate from the National Universities Commission, after meeting all the required conditions, the event provides commentators an opportunity to re-evaluate Vice-President Atiku Abubakar. No politician in recent memory has been the object of envy, disdain and vilification like Atiku Abubakar. Instead of adopting eye-for-an-eye response, Atiku Abubakar has so far let his performance to speak for him. Details

 

Nigeria’s Concentric And Strategic Security Matters. By Max Gbanite

(GAMJI)

Nigerians residing in the United States were shocked to their marrows when in year 2000, immediately after the inauguration of George W. Bush as the President of the United States, he was quoted in the media of asserting that Africa was of no importance to the immediate foreign policy of the United States. Details

 

Chinua Achebe, Obasanjo and Nigerian National Honors. By Mr. Sabella Ogbobode Abidde

(GAMJI)

Few, very few men and woman genuinely deserve the honor that has been bestowed on them. In fact, I would posit that only twenty-five, at the most thirty-five men and women, in the last two decades actually deserve such honors. Details

 

Events Vindicated Shekarau on Polio. By Sule Ya'u Sule

(GAMJI)

Maybe, but nobody adduced any scientific excuse why the traces were there in the first instance as the Governor and several stakeholders demanded.   Instead the western media and a section of their domestic counterparts preferred to feed the public stories of religious fundamentalists in the Muslim North who unreasonably reject the anti polio vaccine on the suspicion that it contained anti fertility agents introduced by the United States which is hell bent on depopulating the Muslim World. Details

 

Governor  Umar ‘Yar’adua As A Post-Modern ‘Sheikh’. By Sadiq Isah Radda

(GAMJI)

The last time I went to Katsina, the capital city of my state, an audiocassette was going round the city and indeed the entire state. The cassette contains startling revelations on the political treachery, machinations and scandal that characterized past (s) elections in the state and the entire country. The bulk of the speech is confirming what is common knowledge to all Nigerians: free and fair elections are not allowed to hold and people have no say in their governance. Details

 

The Black Race: Myths, Complexes, And Compassion. By Leonard Shilgba

(GAMJI)

The black man has demonstrated ludicrous inability to manage effectively their resources (historical accomplishments, material and human) for the common good. Black leaders generally take privileges to serve as ample opportunities to steal. Worse still, their stealing doesn’t “profit” the people, for they know not what to do with the loot. Details

 

Fashion In Nigeria : Dressing To Kill. By  Umar Tanimu Umar

(GAMJI)

The new trend of dressing in Nigeria is to say the least, deplorable. Our womenfolk are at the wrong end of the craze called fashion; nowadays women of all ages dress to capture all eyes, in the event of which they have gone beyond the mark. In the 1960s and early 1970s when mini and midi skirts reigned, there was a lot of criticism of how women bare their knees. Such critics would cry their heats out if they were to witness the manner of dressing by the present day Nigerian women. Details

 

Coffee Shop Chat: Hate is No Basis for Unity. By Ismail H. Abdul-Qadir

(GAMJI)

Let us borrow the unique democracy perfected by the Ibo’s even before Europeans knew what democracy was, the organizational structure of government from the Hausa/ Fulani and the appetite for knowledge of the Yoruba. Let us go further and borrow from the array of other minorities in our midst and other tribes in Africa to once again create a great civilization. Details

 

Deji Of Akure  Part VII: Justice Ojuolape’s Committee Report Is Commendable, But It Has Not Gone Far Enough. By Dr. Wunmi Akintide

(GAMJI)

There is no question in my mind that the so-called newly created Osupa/Odundun Ruling line is an illegality and totally dysfunctional. They have totally failed in their attempt to establish their legitimacy as a separate Ruling Line in Akure by failing the acid test by nominating to the king makers a candidate they have now turned around to disclaim. Details

 

Hon. Zaphaniah Bitrus Jisalo, Watch Your Back! By Emeka Oraetoka

(GAMJI)

It may amount to sheer delusion of grandeur for Hon. Zaphaniah to think that the current effort of the Hon. Councilors at removing their speaker, Hon. Chidawa Kuyembo, is not the first step towards his impeachment. Zaphaniah could also be deceiving himself if he believes he may not be impeached. Details

 

Towards Redeeming the Image of the Nigeria Police. By Ibrahim Dan-Halilu

(GAMJI)

Is the traditional method of checking vehicle particulars or asking vehicle owners to tell off head their vehicle registration number an effective way of fishing out stolen vehicles? My answer to this question is a big NO. On the first measure, the police seem to forget that most vehicle owners don’t carry along the original of their vehicle particulars. Details

 

Open Letter To Chief James Onanefe Ibori, Governor Of Delta State. By Eugene A. Uzum Esq

(GAMJI)

A man from FCT Abuja can as well contest and become the president of Nigeria , irrespective of where he comes from. Let there not be an attempt to practice apartheid in Delta State . Details

 

On Nzeribe: A Rejoinder To Engeboh Emeseh. By Uche Nworah

(GAMJI)

My concern is only as a social writer and commentator, an Igbo man and therefore a Nigerian. Arthur Nzeribe being an Igbo man and also an elder, My strong belief in culture and tradition (omenani) demands that I pay him his due respects, therefore I will call him by his native title in this article by addressing him as Ogbuagu Damanze.  Details

 

Obasanjo’s Political Miscalculations. By Salisu Ahmed

(GAMJI)

In Nigeria , my country, the country I love to love more than my love for a lure-free future, you hardly and rarely see what you hear and vice-versa. Puzzles, dramas, and amazements are what we used to slept and woke-up with. The more you see, the less you understand. Details

 

Making Democrats from Politicians through Education in Nigeria. By Professor Omo Omoruyi

(GAMJI)

Nigeria seems to be short of democrats.    What is the difference between a politician and a democrat?   What is responsible for this gap?   How do we bridge the gap?   Can the gap be bridged through education?   What kind of education?   What instrument of education should be used?   This lecture will address these questions. Details

 

One Nation, Different Faces Of Justice. By Ritchie Ejiofor

(GAMJI)

As I was writing this piece I read in the papers that he (senator Isa Mohammed had apologized to the assaulted colleague. That is not enough; because it definitely would set a precedent for future misbehavior .It is the task of the entire ethics committee of both federal houses to institute severe punitive measure against him and to deter others who think that resorting to physical violence is the surest means of disagreeing in a civil polity. Details

 

Lam Adesina Got It All Wrong. By Tayo Agunbiade

(GAMJI)

The current reform initiatives being implemented in Ogun State serve as a stimulus for solid economic foundation and sustainable development. They are a far cry away from the usual saccharine promises of politicians pronounced merely to secure power. These policies go beyond the usual bread and butter agenda that politicians like Chief Adesina have imposed on our people for too long. Details

 

Forward Into the Past of Secret Government. By Victor E. Dike

(GAMJI)

Given the regime’s intimidating style of governance that lacks empathy, it seems appropriate to pose the obvious questions: Is it impossible for Nigerian leaders to do the right thing? Why is the administration not feeling the hardship imposed on the citizens by the unending fuel price increases? Details

 

Emergency Rule In Plateau: The Case Of Two Kings Dancing Naked. By  Rev. Emmanuel Itapson

The point has already been made that Mr. President is dancing naked over the Plateau Emergency declaration. He danced naked when he tried to justify to the world why he did not include Kano State . The President essentially justified the killings in Kano by saying that it was in reaction to the killings in Yelwa. Details

 

Slapgate:  Male Senator Slaps Female Senator. By Tinuade T. Awe

It would be remise to end this short contribution without a comment on the crisis in law enforcement.   According to most of the reports, there were law enforcement agents present when Mohammed slapped Anisulowo.   Yet, instead of stepping in to enforce the law, i.e. the one that says we cannot assault others willy-nilly, the officers of law (un)enforcement are alleged to have adopted the posture of Soja Idumota. Details

 

Obasanjo, Has Lost Focus. By Jay Underscore

If the government is sincere with itself, its people and to the outside world, why should Nigeria import Petroleum Products, I will not be surprise if the Obasanjo government applies it so-called “Deregulation Policies and Reform” on Nigeria Oil Refineries by selling it to Foreign private companies or Individual, Just as it had done in the case of the sale of NIGERIA AIRWAYS. Details

 

Anambra: The Ngige Challenge. By Osita Chidoka

The Okija episode only reinforced the negative image of Anambra in the eyes of Nigerians. To compound the image problem of Anambra, analysts and commentators have never failed to reel out the names of eminent sons of Anambra from the great Zik of Africa, Chinua Achebe, and Alex Ekwueme to Emeka Anyaoku and Olisa Agbakoba, for effect. So how can a State so blessed be under the influence of upstarts curiously called godfathers? Details

 

Bakassi, Sovereign National Conference and the Blundering President. By I.H Abdul-Qadir

(GAMJI)

I for one am with the people of Bakassi on this matter. We should have never recognized the authority of the ICJ on this matter, and it is not too late to say so. If Obasanjo makes the mistake of going ahead with this he would have opened a chapter that would mark the end of the Nigerian State as we know it. Details

 

What is a Cuckoo doing in a NEST …By Ihas Idriess

(GAMJI)

Since his decision to be the Chairman, or I will say head the committee on the renovation of the National Mosque, Abuja President Obasanjo has again managed to pull one of his game plans of divide and rule, the tricks he used against the north and all other parts of the country...As a Muslim and a northerner, I feel betrayed by not only the traditional rulers which is now their trade mark, but by Jama’atul Nasrul Islam, the so called mouth piece of Muslims in this country, imagine how CAN will react if Atiku Abubakar will be saddle with the leadership of the committee to finish the church building in Abuja  Details

 

Chimaroke Nnamani as Obasanjo’s Latest Cheerleader. By Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh

(GAMJI)

In Nigeria, Ndigbo have been short-changed only with the active complicity of their leaders, casting provenance on the age-long Igbo calabash of wisdom, to the effect that, it was the rat living and enjoying the sybaritic and unearned comforts of the house, that went and informed his kin resident in the bush, that there were some fishy delicacy in the basket. Details

 

The New Age War. By Charles Okeke

(GAMJI)

It has stood out to note that whenever a rendition of contemporary Igbo history in Nigeria , is replayed, some men will stand out as traitors extra-ordinary, who destroyed the collective aspirations of their people in imbecilic service to pecuniary considerations. Men like Arthur Nzeribe, Chris Ubah, Emeka Offor, Chinwoke Mbadinuju, and lately Chimaroke Nnamani will invariably stand out for scorn and derision. Details

 

Does Obasanjo Love Nigeria ? Only 2007 Elections Would Tell. By Abdulrahman Muhammad Dan-Asabe, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

If Mr. President loves Nigeria as he claims and wants us to believe, then he must not himself do anything that would jeopardize the coming 2007 elections or allow anybody to.   He must note that building huge office complexes to house lawmakers or even instituting democratic institutions would not strengthen democracy in Nigeria . Allowing the rule of law and democratic processes to be sincerely practiced by those that are truly elected and not selected will. Details

 

ANPP Leadership Tussle : The Target Is Kano. By Abba Anwar

(GAMJI)

I have something to say, may be as an addendum, that either Buhari forgives Babangida or not , the uncontestable fact remains that, their mission and the cause they are representing are in total conflict and will continue to be at loggerheads forever. So long as Babangida will not have the nation and the citizens at heart. Details

 

Before Another Storm In NNPC. By Emeka Oraetoka

(GAMJI)

Not too long ago, reports had it that Dr. Livi Ajuonuma, the Group General Manager GGM, [Public Affairs], of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation [NNPC] renovated his official quarter with a whopping sum of forty million Naira [N 40m]. According to reports; Livi was said to be very furious with the author of the report and responded with uncomplimentary remark about the reporter and the media house he represented. Details

 

Haba Dr. Ayagi. By Babayola Toungo

(GAMJI)

Though we know Babangida has succeeded in making nonsense to our crop of academics, we never knew that he has also addled their brains and thinking faculties.  Fuji music and Juju musicians couldn’t have done a better job in praise singing Obasanjo’s achievements than what Ayagi didDetails

 

Obasanjo: Beyond Mere Fame. By Anthony A. Akinola

(GAMJI)

President Olusegun Obasanjo was spot on in identifying corruption as the most serious ailment plaguing the Nigerian nation. Nigerians need to see results of his anti-corruption war. Recently, it was in the news that Mr. Tony Blair, the British Prime Minister, was buying a house in London . The bank which provided him with the mortgage loan, and the sources and method of repayment by the Blair family were made known for all to see. That, to me, is what transparency is all about. Details

 

Achebe's Refusal of National Award. By Olaniyi Oloore

(GAMJI)

The BBC this morning aired a news item to the effect that Chinua Achebe, refused national award. I listened to his responses to the BBC correspondent's questions, and I was very disappointed in him. Not because he rejected the award but because he did not persuade other recipients to refuse the award because they did not deserve national awards. Details

 

Africans Are “Bribe Takers” and Westerners are “Bribe Givers”: Nigeria A Serious Moral Implications. By Murtala Bala Habu

(GAMJI)

As a proud Nigerian, Emokoji Ayikoye’s publication entitled: I refuse to believe Nigeria is one the most corrupt nations [7], has prompted this writer equally not to comfortably acknowledge Nigeria is a corrupt nation but further investigate the allegation. As always charged by the western society with particular accusations from the father and son or mother and daughter-Great Britain and the United States , criminal nations with free licenses publishing whatever findings that suits with their desires every year. Details

 

Senator Arthur Nzeribe, the EFCC and Corruption in Nigeria. By Engobo Emeseh

(GAMJI)

Recently, Governor Orji Uzor Kalu of Abia state publicly claimed to have information on holders of foreign accounts in government. What has been the reaction of the EFCC? In his speech at the Bar conference, Mr. Ribadu fingered corrupt law enforcement officers as being part of the problem of enforcement of economic crimes. How many of these have been investigated and prosecuted? How many are in jail? Or is this outside the remit of the EFCC? Details

 

Which Way Nigerians? By Bashir Sa’ad  Abdullahi

(GAMJI)

My fellow citizens of this great country Nigeria , can’t we find a lasting solution to all these atrocities befalling us? But through which method and by what means?  Details

 

Atiku The Way Forward. By Ahmed Atiku-Abubakar

(GAMJI)

While IBB is sending mixed signals, saying that Nigeria should be one country, not to be divided, then saying that presidency should be zoned to the north. While Buhari, Marwa, and their compatriots keep on to level false accusations on the current administration, while the other political parties and their presidential aspirants chit and chatter, Atiku is in his office, working for a better Nigeria. Details

The Key To A Woman’s Heart: A Rejoinder To Safiya I. Dantiye. By Abdulrahman Muhammad Dan-Asabe, Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

Evidence abound (especially in northern Nigeria) where men, out of shame and against their wish, go into hiding because they are no longer able to shoulder family responsibilities as a result of their wives putting to bed, especially twins or triplets. Details

 

Unhappy Consciousness--IBB’s LEGACY  (PART I). By Eugene Uzum

(GAMJI)

Nigerians opposed the structural adjustment program, which was imposed on the system, structures were actually adjusted but all to the benefit of a minority crew who are the untouchables. Details

 

Zimbabwe's President is a Victim of Racism. By Victoria Johnston

(GAMJI)

If you have listen to the BBC of late, you will get the impression that Zimbabwe’s president is the worst leader in the world the way they portray him, his government and his economic situation is so exaggerated that on would have thought everyone in that country is plague with starvation. Details

 

Washington Consensus and Nigeria’s Socio-Economic Crisis. By Murtala S. Sagagi Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

The secret of growth and development lies at home not across the Atlantic . One of the most effective ways to improve economic performance it to revitalize and support the industrial sector while paying close attention to agriculture, which employs the large chunk of the population. Details

 

Remembering Fela…Sympathy For Nigeria . By   Hakeem Babalola

(GAMJI)

Before he departed to the House of Hades on Saturday August 2, 1997 at the age of 58, Fela refused treatment. He rejected both Western and Nigerian medical services on ground of principle. Not every human being is a man. Fela was a man. Abacha and his like-minded coup plotters are not. Details

 

The Cold-Blooded Murder of Captain Jerry Agbeyegbe. By   Sabella Ogbobode Abidde

(GAMJI)

This time it is Capt. Jerry Agbeyegbe. This time, like so many other times, Nigeria has murdered one of its brightest stars.  We kill our best and our brightest; we kill our innovators; we kill our political gadfly; we kill those who dare to be different; we kill those who helped in conquering frontiers; and we kill those with uncommon ideas and ideals.Details

 

FRIDAY ESSAY: Achebe’s Refusal of Nigerian National “Honor” Award:  Matters Arising. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, Ph.D.

It is the giver – that is the Nigerian Federal Government – has a greater fault here:  it should ask before it gives, particularly after the embarrassment last year when General Muhammadu Buhari, while still protesting the allegedly (and to my mind palpably) rigged victory of President Obasanjo of the PDP over his own presidential bid at the head of the ANPP ticket, was cynically given an award (the GCFR) that he claims that he had already received before in 1998/9 ! Details

 

 

PEOPLES & POLITICS BY MOHAMMED HARUNA

(GAMJI WRITER) Igbos, Biafra  and the Presidency

If the Igbos have failed so far to clinch the presidency and look set to fail again and again, it is not simply because they lack unity. They are, afterall, not the only tribe that lacks unity. In any case, a tribe does not need unity, in the sense of uniformity, to throw up credible candidates for the highest office in the land. This may sound rather harsh, but if the Igbo have failed so far to clinch the presidency and look set to fail again and again, it is mainly because they do not seem to be sorry for trying to break up this country. Details

 

WEEKEND MUSINGS WITH DR. NOWA OMOIGUI

(GAMJI WRITER)

Obituary: Major General Martin Adamu (rtd)

On July 6, 1967 , when the Nigerian civil war began, the opening offensive, launched from Vandekya in present day Benue State , on the Ogoja front, was led by then Major Martin Adamu. Martin was Acting Chief of Staff (Army) in July 1975 when the substantive holder of the position, Major General David Ejoor, was away on leave.  Adamu (who was not part of the conspiracy) was approached by then Lt. Col. SM Yar'Adua (RIP) and Colonel Anthony Ochefu (RIP) to make the radio broadcast announcing the overthrow of the Gowon government.  He bluntly refused. Then Col , later Major General JN Garba (RIP) was nominated in his place to make the announcement. Details

 

Saturday Essay:  Remembering Uncle Bola Ige – and The Killers in Our Midst By Mobolaji E. Aluko, PhD

(GAMJI WRITER)

Well, I do not know whether ANY one of those who have now been freed was involved in Ige’s murder, but now that they ALL have been freed,  I KNOW for SURE that his killers are at large somewhere in Nigeria, eating, drinking and being merry somewhere, marrying and being married, having children and hoping to grow up like yours and mine. Details

 

Nigeria : Liquidation As An Option . By   Saidu M. Sanusi Darma

(GAMJI)

Nigerian Federation is typically like a corporate business organization, whose fundamental objective, according to its constitution is the achievement of an egalitarian society where unity, cohesion and understanding among its diverse ethnic nationalities would prevail. Details

 

The Challenges 0f Communities In The Development Of Niger Delta. By Otive Igbuzor Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

There are a lot of issues in the development of the Niger Delta region. These include environmental degradation/pollution, resource allocation and distribution, widespread poverty, climatic change, gas flaring, corruption, environmental laws and lack of infrastructures and social services.  In order to address these issues, there are challenges facing the communities in the Niger Delta. The challenges are multifarious but in this paper, we will address only nine  challenges. Details

 

What Do Ndiigbo Want? From Biafra To MASSOB. By Paul I. Adujie

(GAMJI)

Nigerian history has not been even-handed with Ndiigbo, as Ndiigbo have been at the receiving end of animosities and vile anger actions; Anyone familiar with the colossal loss, that resulted from the so-called "abandoned properties" which were Ndiigbo's properties that were converted and greedily appropriated by others, during and after the war, would understand, these vile actions that I speak of, among many others. Details

 

Governor Kalu Must Release Names Of Corrupt Officials! By  Paul I. Adujie

(GAMJI)

The governor must make full material disclosures of the names of Nigerian public officials who he has accused of corruption. This is not the first time, highly placed members of the PDP current government in Nigeria have alleged being privy to corruption information, in connecting state governors and other high level officials. Details

 

A Thug in the Land of Lincoln. By Peter Opara

(GAMJI)

Is it not interesting that the Yoruba NADECO – that band of socialists and anarchists that used Wiwa’s name for the phony cause of theirs never mention his name today. Worse still, the man who Wiwa’s name benefited the most, Aremu, under his watch, Wiwa’s people are worse off, and today, as I write, they are being shot at and chemically vaporized. Details

 

Adaidaita Sahu: Of Politics,Development & Societal Re-orientation. By Sa'id Sanusi

(GAMJI)

From the creation of Nigerian State in 1914 when its constituent parts were amalgamated, Kano has been a citadel of unique political chemistry. It has been where leadership is often challenged and kept on its toes. Whoever happens to assume political leadership in the state can neither take people for a ride nor take things for granted. Details

 

The Age of Reason. By Uche Nworah

(GAMJI)

Not minding that Nigerians are late achievers (we graduate at the age of 30, thanks to the government for paying our lecturers on time, and then get our first jobs at 35, another thanks to our leaders for jobs made abundant, finally we move out of our parents’ houses just when we are getting ready to hit the 40 years milestone by which time our mates in other countries are shopping for their grand child’s clothes) Details

 

Globalisation And The Political Future Of Nigeria. By Sam Ejike Okoye

(GAMJI)

If at all there was any doubt that globalisation has caught up with Nigeria, then the mere recent threat of the strike protest by Nigeria’s labour and civil society groups against recent increases in the pump prices of petroleum products recently pushed the price of crude oil to over $53 per barrel, would have laid to rest any such misgivings. Indeed as everyone knows, when Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, the leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF) issued a statement declaring their intention to blow up oil installations in the Niger Delta, alarm bells went up globally. Details

 

The Business of Government. By Uche Nworah

(GAMJI)

Some writers have written that every society deserves the kind of government it gets; our society is not any different, as a result The Nigerian nation have always been saddled with a recycled and ‘paddy paddy’ government, a government of gerontocracy, governed by the same old people which Fela, the late Afro beat musician chided in his music... Details

 

Yakubu Gowon At 70: This General Is An Incorruptible Leader. By Paul Mamza

The name General Yakubu Gowon - former Head of State and Commander in Chief of the armed forces of Nigeria, first bachelor - Head of State, International Statesman of high repute, soldier-turned-academic, guinea-worm eradication crusader, a national prayer organiser, a highly detribalised compatriot and the most senior general Elderstateman - had offered an empowering inherent undercurrents that galvanises the revolutionary avouchment of the corporate existence of the Nigerian state and like a colossus, altering the microsm of its internal contradictions with a flavour of nationalistic mien. Details

 

Health Interactive with Dr Aminu Magashi

The plight of people living with HIV/AIDS

(GAMJI WRITER)

Benue  State is topping in HIV prevalence as of then and during the Advocacy and Mobilization Workshop which was convened in December, 2001 by National Action Committee on AIDS (NACA) and UNDP, the state governor, Mr. George Akume accepted the status of the state, then and promised to wield political will to champion HIV/AIDS awareness campaign. Today in the state, what dominates the Radio Benue programme is awareness campaign on HIV/AIDS and the state is a partner to HIV/AIDS Emergency Action Plan in partnership with NACA and World Bank. Details

 

Fuel Price Deregulation And Obasanjo’s Dillemma. By Tony Ishiekwene

(GAMJI)

If you ask me I would say the “only” way forward is to continue with the deregulation of the downstream sector without wavering or listening to populist opinion. If you continue to do things same way and you continue to get the same bad results, then a reasonable person will have to find a way of doing it differently to get a better result. Details

 

Dissecting Moral Decadence. By Saleh Yamusa

(GAMJI)

Are you a fornicator/fornicatress or an adulterer/adulteress? Think rationally and stop at once; repent and ask forgiveness that you would never in the future revert to that sin again. The Almighty in his infinite mercy may forgive you. Details

 

No pity for Jibrin Aminu, Its Just Nemesis Catching Up…By Ihas Idriess

(GAMJI)

Well, left to me Jibrin Aminu is nothing in the Senate but colossal failure and an embarrassment to those of us who had once believed in him.  But with all that is happening to him I have rather became more concern about who the real Aminu is, we all know as he himself did, that we did not vote him into office, so if he is not serving us it is alright by Adamawa standard, but why is he not serving the people that has put him in the seat as well? Details

 

National Council of Fools, Obasanjo and The Power to Crush Rebellions in Nigeria : the Facts of the Matter . By Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh

(GAMJI)

Yakubu Gowon was the fool who told the world in 1975 that Nigeria ’s problem is not how to make money but how to spend it. This political ignoramus, who, were Nigeria to be a civilized society would never have smelled any office of responsibility, and who became head of state on the wings of tribalism, achieved virtually nothing in his nine years in office. Details

 

Nigeria at 44: Will Godot Come? By Senan John Murray

(GAMJI)

I found the following statistics extremely enervating: at Independence only 15% of Nigeria ’s population was considered poor. By 1980 the percentage had leaped to 28 and five years later, it had climbed to 46. And the indicators keep worsening by the day. In 1996, the annual United Nations Human Development Report revealed that at least 73 million Nigerians, out of a population of 110 million, lived below the poverty line (i.e. surviving on less than $1 (N135) per day.  By the end of last year, the number of poor Nigerians had increased 80 out of about 120 million Nigerians. Details

 

‘Terrorists’ And Their Traducers. By Umar Bello

(GAMJI)

In conclusion, the above facts have gradually and inevitably result in the creation of the so-called terrorism. It does not grow in a vacuum. The young men and women that blow themselves off are not just some expendable creatures from the space. They are a people with aspiration, desires, love and compassion. But the prevailing crass injustice in the world has turned them into what they are. Details

 

A Straight Reply to Ahmad Kollere’s “A Rejoinder to World Igbo Council” . By Ndubueze Godson III

(GAMJI)

On August 23, 2004, one Ahmad Kollere attempted to misinform the readers with his Rejoinder to World Igbo council” (Care about World Igbo Congress or Council I don’t!). His article, which quickly featured on Gamji, the Hausa controlled site, a site whose sole purpose is the negative propaganda against the Igbo. Details

 

The Need to Restructure the United Nations. By I.H Abdul-Qadir

(GAMJI)

The fate of the world however should not be left even to these permanent members, what I believe is that whenever a conflict arises nations in that region should all have a seat in the security council with the power to veto alongside the permanent members. Details

 

In Defence of the Warlords, By Dr. Ovie Ughwanogho. By Yakubu A. Innocent

(GAMJI)

Why was Dokubo calling for the head of David-West, as if he (David-West) was or is the Nigerian state that is neglecting Niger Delta region? Details

 

Let Us Get the Facts Straight: A Rejoinder to Adetokumbo Adeyinka Kayode SAN. By Recertification Team

(GAMJI)

Abuja belongs to all Nigerians; some 120 million of them, and everyone has the right to own a land in the nation’s capital. However, we all know that not everyone can have land in Abuja . Certainly, there are not 120 million developable plots in Abuja currently. Therefore, only a small fraction of Nigerians can have the privilege to be allocated land. Of the millions of Nigerians, only about 25,000 are opportune to have plots allocated or assigned to them by purchase, mortgage, lease, sub-lease, devolution, etc. For each land allocated, the government has spent millions of taxpayer’s money to develop the site, which are given to only a few. It is only fair that those that enjoy this enormous advantage at the cost of other Nigerians to do their part by ensuring they reciprocate the gesture by paying the ground rent and other charges. Details

 

Shekarau’s Societal Re-orientation Adaidaita Sahu. By  Sule Ya’u Sule

(GAMJI)

Kano has opened its own September 11 account but unlike the tragic American version, the day’s war was a total onslaught against moral degeneration, corruption and sundry social ills. On that day, at the Kofar Mata Stadium and in the presence of a mammoth crowd of enthusiastic citizens, the state government launched well-primed attacks against the twin towers of indiscipline and moral relapse, ripping them open. Details

 

The Tragedy of Greed and Corruption: The Pain and Grievances of the Ijaws. By Sabella Ogbobode Abidde

(GAMJI)

The current impasse between the government of Nigeria , the oil companies and the Mujahid Dokubo-Asari group is just the sign of things to come. This is the sign of things to come in a country ruled by the grossly incompetent, parasitically corrupt, and a greedy and irresponsive band of oligarchies. It is a shame that a country with such human and natural resources is living well below its potentials Details

 

Labour Bill, A Set- Back For Our Democracy . By Tahir Hashim

(GAMJI)

The executive bill on labour reform was hurriedly passed by 36 of the 109 senators on the 9th of September, 2004 .  This may be the fastest bill to have been passed in the history democracy in Nigeria . The bill was passed without the mandatory quorum necessary to do so. Details

 

Nigeria at 44. By Leonard K. Shilgba

(GAMJI)

It was an unbelievable sight; human bones filled the valley, they were very dry. The silent ambience was eerie and the evidence of wickedness required no legal skills to unravel. Who killed them? What killed them? Why were they killed? In this forsaken valley he would be a “blind optimist” to still cling to tassels of hope that new life could be born. Details

 

Deregulation  In Abject Poverty. By Shehu Ahmed

(GAMJI)

Let me complete the picture for you.  Transport makes of 30% of our pricing of goods and services that means our inflation will be hitting 17% from the current 12% considering and when you take into account the pressure on the financial institutions to recapitalize to N25 billion from N2billion and what it does to our interest  rates we certainly don’t need to be an economist to know that there will be depreciation in investment, capacity utilisation will drop unemployment will reach records high. Details

 

Nigeria At 44: How Independent! By David Olom Nkpe

(GAMJI)

Forty-four years after we celebrated our transition from colonialism to political independence with the symbolic lowering of the British union jack, Nigeria as a country is today still going through multiple transitions - all at the same time: from colonialism to neo colonialism; from illiteracy to education without literacy; from subsistence agriculture to a monetary modern market economy without marketable goods in the global market other than raw materials Details

 

Nigeria: Transforming the System for Success in the 21st Century Economy. By Victor E. Dike

(GAMJI)

Nigeria celebrates its 44th birthday October 1, 2004 , yet it appears (or should one say behaves) like a child lacking focus in many functional areas. Something must be wrong with the system; the dismal state of the social and economic infrastructure depicts the malaise. Details

 

IBB And Nigeria’s Political Travails. By Sa’idu M. Sanusi Darma

(GAMJI)

Though General IBB adopted so many interventionist policies, more than any Nigerian head of state, they were divisionary and not meant to succeed. His economic policies led to complete devastation of Nigeria and its economy. Within a short period, he created super rich, and wiped away the middle class in the country. In all honesty, one is not further from truth to conclude that, the present economic predicament afflicting Nigerian citizens is largely traced to the pro-capital and anti-people legacy he bequeathed to Nigerians. Details

 

Obasanjo And PDP’s Greatest Challenge: A Real Test Of Democracy In PDP 2007 Primaries. By Benson C. Onyebuolise

(GAMJI)

No two  writers or authors can agree to the greatest challenge of Obasanjos’s PDP led government but still can romance in one perspective or the other as a point of convergence. It embarrasses me the manner some of our elites, youths, adults and statesmen dissociates themselves from Nigeria cooperate entity while pretending to uphold it. Details

 

Is IBB Demystified? By  Hassan Dan Yaro

(GAMJI)

Clearly, former Military President Babangida is increasingly coming to terms with cold realities of the limits of his jugglery and shenanigans. The myth that nobody dares disagree with the General openly because of his reputed disarming charms is fast giving way to uncomfortable realities. Details

 

The Dearth of Political Responsibility. By Joseph Dazema

(GAMJI)

I took a cursory look at all the present political leaders in Nigeria to see if there is any I could call my role model. I was shocked to find none. Virtually all those in office today are characterized by one lifestyle-overnight affluence that cannot be explained. Details

 

Kano Peach Forum: A Critique. By Abba Anwar

(GAMJI)

Each and every society has its own internal experiences and dislocations, either peculiar or not, that cause the eruption of violence. The violence could be periodic or an all-time affair. Periodic as in Kano or Lagos. Or an all-time as in Israel and the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland precisely. Details

 

Rescuing PDP In Sokoto State. By  Aminu Goronyo

(GAMJI)

Why should a man who told Atiku Abubakar that the PDP has no problem in Sokoto State , and even rejected an offer of assistance from the Vice-President, now be making desperate moves to solve a problem which he claims is not real? Is this not double standard? Who is the Minister trying to fool? Why is he trying to hijack the credit that should have gone to the Vice-President? Detail

 

The Rule of Law, Mr. Kofi Annan And The United Nations. By  Paul I. Adujie

(GAMJI)

The UN leader leaves me wondering, whether his declarations of the invasion/occupation of Iraq as illegal, would by chance, change anything on the ground in Iraq ? Especially as Iraq has become a the most chaotic enclave in the world with increasing prospect for civil war and complete disintegration Details

 

The New Labour Bill-A Violence On Democracy. By Jim I Akhere  Ph.D.

(GAMJI)

The passage of the bill in question is fraught with innumerable irregularities .What was the haste in passing the bill? Why was the bill passed with only 34 members present out of the 109 members ?Why was the bill passed in the absence of two important members of the committee that worked on the bill ?Why was the bill passed in the absence of the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate committee on Labour? Details

 

Owners Of Nigeria. By Seyi Oduyela

(GAMJI)

Nigeria in the last 44 years has been stolen by a cabal and turned to their own. These few robbers have created dynasties for themselves and they pass us round. I have to call them owners of Nigeria because that is what I think they are and the rest of us are tenants.  Who are these people and why are they owners of Nigeria ? Details

 

Governor Turaki: Operating Blurred Jeremiads. By Jibo Nura

(GAMJI)

Statistically, Jigawa is the worst state in terms of Educational development in Nigeria . The U.M.E applications/admissions statistics from 1996 to 2004 indicates a woeful performance of Jigawa students. For example, in 1996, only 298 candidates applied for University Matriculation Examination (U.M.E), i.e. 184 male applicants and 114 females out of 375,896 applicants of the entire country, which represents 0.08%, and this figure is by far less than 1%. Details

 

FRIDAY ESSAY:  44 Years of “African Pride” – and Present National Embarrassments. By Mobolaji E. Aluko, PhD

(GAMJI WRITER)

I am using this day as an excuse to come out of writing-hiding, after a few incessant questions from friends as to why my essays output has diminished in recent times.  My reply has been standard:  Nigeria is a funny country – it always gives you something strange to write about, and then suddenly you ask yourself....How can a whole ship, “MT African Pride,” be missing from under the Navy’s nose?   And one Admiral accusing another Admiral of  lying – or accusing the Inspector General of Police of incompetence for not safeguarding the boat?  This was not a motor-boat o – after all MT stands for “Marine Tanker” – this was not some canoe!  Details

 

Polygamy: A Cancerous Issue in Nigeria (A Rejoinder). By Saleh Yamusa

(GAMJI)

Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) had nine wives and that did not pulled him back to display an exemplary superb leadership, which every level-headed man should simulate. There has been much loose talk and irresponsible criticism of the institution of polygamy in Islam. The critics (Dr. Sylvester inclusive) dub polygamy as an evil and curse. They say that this "immoral" and "obnoxious" practice causes much distress in family life. The fact is that these views are based on superficial and half-baked ideas. Details

 

Obasanjo And PDP’s Greatest Challenge: A Real Test of Democracy in PDP 2007 Primaries. By  Benson C. Onyebuolise

(GAMJI)

By far the most fortunate Nigerian of our time is President Olusegun Obasanjo and of course the best president Nigeria ever had since 1967. I don’t want to judge the rulers in post 1914 false amalgamation of the South and the Northern Nigeria to 1960 that is the genesis of the  problem in Nigeria today and Africa at large. In any case I am also critical of some Obasanjo’s decision where they do not represent the wishes of Nigerians at large Details

 

Nigeria : Bridging the Infrastructure Divide. By  Jide Awe

(GAMJI)

Nigeria is often identified as the fastest moving economy and one of the most advanced ICT market sectors in the Africa . It has the largest population in Africa , also making it an attractive and big market. How has or how is IT and Telecomms allowing Nigeria to leap-frog into the information age? Details

 

Health Interactive  with Dr Aminu Magashi NGOs as a Force for Change in Development

(GAMJI WRITER)

Among the major challenges NGOs in Nigeria are expected to address are the plight of children and women which are also catered for in the MDGs. The Nigeria’s under five and infant mortality rates are 201/1000 live birth and 100/ 1000 live birth respectively Details

 

Governing MASSOB: A lesson from Italy. By Dr. Chidi Uzoma

(GAMJI)

Likewise, I would submit that in the political sphere, what is obtained, particularly as regards the Movement for the actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) phenomenon, and its likes Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), Niger Delta Congress etc could be likened to what obtained in Italy in the last 15/20 years. Though one really doesn’t understand what Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu got to do with all this, instead of the leader of MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazurike himself. Details

 

The Nigeria Police And Extortion Practices. By K. Afelumo

(GAMJI)

According to a research conducted on the subject of bribery and corruption by the rank and file of the Nigeria police. It is estimated that billions of Naira is lost to the Nigerian economy yearly. Case studies were carried out on three major routes to evaluate how much revenue is lost to the extortion practices carried out on daily basis by the Nigeria Police. The three routes that were the subject of this discussion are Lagos - Ibadan Express way, Akure/ Ife - Ibadan Express way, and Kogi/Abuja route. Details

 

Of Ojukwu, SSS, Wise Senators, Polite Minister El-Rufai, And Missing Ships; God! By Paul I. Adujie

(GAMJI)

Nigeria ’s security apparatus, the SSS, invited Mr. Ojukwu for a "chat" because he is a national security threat, he might well be; But foreign ocean-going vessels legitimately arrested on Nigerian territorial waters, is reported missing? It vanished or disappeared, after Nigeria ’s efficient and effective SSS, Police, Customs, Immigration Department, Navy etc were paid off? Details

 

Ojukwu, Politics and National Security. By Mohammed Bala

(GAMJI)

To be fair the Federal Government, while tracking Ojukwu's records and the Constitutional implication of supporting a rebel a group, it was right by moving to stop and if possible use any means at its disposal to counter the activities of the MOSSAB and any other illegal outfit that is set to destabilize our country. In doing so, the government and particularly the Vice- President is wary and remembers a popular saying in a Bob Marley's song that "he who fights and run away, lives to fight another day." One therefore asks the question "Is runaway Biafra ready to fight again now? This is an alarm warning to the government of Nigeria. Details

 

Idiagbon: Where Are The Patriots And Compatriots. By Yushau Abdulhameed Shuaib

(GAMJI)

Of all coups in Nigeria, the Buhari/Idiagbon coup had clear persuasive and convincing justification even though it were a little exaggerated but the removal of the regime was without any reasonable justification apart from the claim that they were stubbornly principled which in every sense meant the duo refused to allow others the chance to come and chop the national cake. Details

 

The Time Bomb. By Michael Okoye

(GAMJI)

Nigerians had been held hostage by these bloodthirsty predators from Sokoto to Ogun state – along this axis; against her wishes, but all these are coming to a sudden end soon. The whole game started with Usman Dan Fodio when he unleashed a wave of violent political battles in the name of Islam, across the length and breath of the whole North, from Sokoto to Adamawa and down Southwestern regions of Nigeria only to be checkmated by the Igbos across the Niger Details

 

A Response With All Due respect to Mr. Tunde Adenodi’s “A Lunatic Defending Biafra to Death”. By Ndubueze Godson III

(GAMJI)

Maybe if Ojukwu had killed Awolowo, today our Yoroba neighbors and us would’ve remained pals going by the dangerous and ill-advised support of Abiola’s family for IBB. The ultimate insult to Abiola’s memory was delivered by his family yet no squeak was heard, none wrote as extensively as they write when it comes to matters that should be left for the Igbo alone. Details

 

Nigerian Shrines as Tourist Havens in the Novel, “living in the and of love” By the Italian, Umberto Cordero di Montezemolo. By Dr. Chidi Uzoma

(GAMJI)

A good answer as to a possible destination of the Okija Shrines in Anambra State, can be found in the newly published novel, “living in the land of love” by Mr Umberto Cordero di Montezemolo, (Albion Imprints, UK; 314 pages). Details

 

Ondo State Can Be The Richest State In Nigeria , If Not Already. By Dr. Wunmi Akintide

(GAMJI)

Once upon a time, and before Ekiti State was carved out, Ondo State used to be one of the poorest States in Nigeria .  Military Governors posted to the State were considered unlucky, or not highly connected or favored by their big bosses in Lagos or Abuja , because if they were, they would not be sent to Akure Details

 

In The Centre Of Nowhere, “Igbo Political Miscalculations”. By Eugene Azuka Uzum

(GAMJI)

I want to submit at this juncture that to those who live by it and those who suffered it, the declaration of Biafra and Nigerian Civil War brought debasement, suffering, pain and socio-political inequality.  I argue that based on fairness, equity and justice, an Igbo President should be voted into Aso Rock… but I don’t know who. Details

 

This Farcical Rant About “MARGINALIZATION”. By Leonard Karshima Shilgba

(GAMJI)

I get really unsettled when I hear the constant cry of “marginalization” by so many Nigerians. The North now complains of “marginalization”; the Igbos complain of “marginalization”; the South-South people complain of “marginalization”; the Middle belt complains of “marginalization”; the West (Yorubas) used to complain too until their son became the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Details

 

Nigeria : Digital Divide, Technology Growth, and Technology Adoption Appropriateness. By Femi Oyesanya

(GAMJI)

Nigerian Information Technology Innovation has failed to keep up with global trends, this is because generally,   Nigeria is an Information Technology product consumer.  The entire Information Technology Industry is not Research and Development inclined, but focuses mainly to End-User computing.  Details

 

Crime, Governance And The Society (Obedience To The Unenforceable). By Abdullahi Idris Bayero

(GAMJI)

The sociologist, Robert K. Merton, probably had a society like Nigeria in mind when he formulated his theory of human behavior, which, posits that the interplay between social and cultural structures can provide motivation for misconduct. According to him, the society cultural structure consists of two elements: the goals that society deemed worthy (in the case of Nigeria : rat race mentality: money! money!!) and the norms by which they believe the goals should be achieved Details

 

Ojukwu and SSS Show Down. By Usman Yerima

(GAMJI)

I am beginning to think SSS stands for STUPID SECURITY SERVICE. Here is a useless FBI wanna be agency that is inept, incompetent, and quite frankly ignorant of due process. This agency recently 'invited' Chief Ojukwu to Abuja for a chat. If chatting is all they wanted, they could have called him. With GSM, the phone services in Nigeria has greatly improved in the last couple of years. So a single phone call would have been cost effective and saved them the trouble of purchasing a one way ticket for Ojukwu. Details

 

Rejoinder to World Igbo council. By Ahmad Kollere

(GAMJI)

Amidst ever increasing tension and state of confusion with regard to ethno-religious crisis in Nigeria, an organization known as The World Igbo Council (WIC) based in the United States has in a recent statement published by the Daily Independent newspaper of May 24,2004, allegedly stated that the Saudi Arabian Government is behind the entire religious crisis in Nigeria to realize its agenda to destabilize a Multi-religious Nigeria and instead impose Islam on the country. To many people, this statement is clearly an attempt to implicate the Saudi Kingdom by introducing foreign force to a local feud so that the global policemen will beam their searchlight towards Nigerian Muslims. How do the Yelwan Shendam crisis, an internal and a local affair be connected with the Saudi authorities? Details

 

El Rufai Apology. The implications. By Usman Yerima

(GAMJI)

My disappointment is that El Rufai allowed himself to be muscled by the Senate into offering an apology. I think it was a mistake on his part. Since his appointment, he has been diligent in the execution of his job. He has quite frankly done an excellent job in cleaning up the garbage in his Ministry. To many Nigerians, Rufai represented a voice that stood out against criminal enterprises within the government. He represented hope to a segment of Nigerians that some people in government still possess some ounce of decency with a zeal to do what's right.  Details

 

Objective: A Bad Man And A Good President. By Charles N. Okeke

(GAMJI)

When I read Mr. Obasanjo’s statement that he wanted to be a good president and not a good man, my first reaction was to shout: “Put a leash on that man; muzzle him; gag him”.  But on second thought, I realized that the statement might have been philosophical and subject to several interpretations. Details

 

Restructuring, Reviving And Revitalizing The Nigerian University System, Part I. By Uche R Madu

(GAMJI)

Cults were unimaginable in the Nigerian universities of the seventies and early eighties. Pirates and Palmwine Drinkers were the closest things to cults. But they were not involved in murder, rape, thuggery and intimidation that the cults of today are known for. Details