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Fresh Boko Haram Scare Hits Imo Nigeriens, Northerners Flood Owerri.


 

Palpable fear and uneasy calm is gradually enveloping in Imo state following the unprecedented increase in the number of Nigerians and Northerners in the state.
It would be recalled that the PDP in Imo state had at a press briefing few weeks ago raised alarm about possible Boko Haram in Imo when it alleged that people from the Northern part of the country where activities of Boko Haram is dominant were being trained at the state government built ICAPS complex on Egbu road Owerri. Later discoveries indicate that youths from a particular Northern state were undergoing training at ICAPS. The trainees were later sent back to the respective state by concerned authorities in Imo.
However, heavy presence of Nigerians believed to be from the Northern part of the country is being noticed in the state capital especially in Owerri and other developed towns of Orlu, Okigwe Mgbidi, Ahiara junction and Nwaoriebu.
Our reporters who have been monitoring the developments since the beginning of the year, noticed that major corners in the state capital like Douglas/Mbaise Roads, and Ama JK are witnessing beehive of activities swelled by the presence of the foreigners who have turned to itinerant artisans and craftsmen. Apart from textile and petty trading, some of them are involved in cobbler and roadside merchandising.
Trumpeta visit to Ama Hausa, abode for Northerners showed that the quarters have been over filled with people from the Hausa Fulani speaking states and foreigners with little or no space to operate. Same applies to major areas in the state capital where uncompleted buildings and shanties have turned to places of abode for these foreigners and Northerners alike.
The reasons for the influx of foreigners and Northerners could not be ascertained as to press time but reports have it that if might not be unconnected with inclement security conditions in the Northern parts of the country. It was gathered that the heavy military presence coupled with exercises of soldiers searching for Boko Haram suspects sent many Northerners and foreigners from the sect’s infested areas to terror-free zones to avoid either been caught in cross fire or nabbed by the soldiers.
However, their presence has not gone down well with residents of the state who are scared and expressing misgivings over the influx of non indigenes from the North. Apparently aware of the Boko Haram scare in Southern states like Lagos and Rivers state occasioned by heavy presence of Northerners and foreigners, Imo residents are experiencing uneasy calm, palpable fear and tension.
Some residents, who spoke to our reporter on the increasing presence of foreigners and Northerners on Owerri streets, noted that it is a dangerous trend security agencies should delve into, adding that proactive measures must be instituted to check any action likely to cause insurgence in the state.

By peter uzoma.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Breaking News: 8 Feared Dead In Southern Kaduna Indigenes/Fulani Clash.


 

By SaharaReporters, New York

About eight persons may have been killed and several others injured in heavy fighting between Fulani and Southern Kaduna indigenes in the area, a senior security operative has told SaharaReporters.

The security official said the fight occurred in a village close to Manchok area of Kaura local government.

Another source, Boman Peter, confirmed that the area is still tense with hundreds of children and women fleeing the affected community.

The cause of the attacks is still unsubstantiated but our two sources confirmed the attacks.

Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Olufemi Adenaike, could not be reached for comment.

Imo lawmakers raise alarm over ‘menace’ of Hausa/Fulani herdsmen.


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OWERRI— The members of Imo State House of Assembly have expressed concern over what they described as the growing menace of Hausa-Fulani herdsmen in the state.

Already, the Donatus Ozoemena-led ad-hoc committee has sent what it called “a clarion call” to the security agencies in the state, complaining about “the menace of Hausa-Fulani herdsmen in Imo State.”

The committee said: “We wish to bring to your notice the brewing tension in some of our communities, which require urgent and concerted effort to stem and avoid an imminent conflagration that will further compound the already charged national security situation.”

Ozoemena, who is the Deputy Speaker, enumerated series of unprovoked attacks on some communities in Owerri West, Ohaji/Egbema and Ngor Okpala local council areas by the nomadic herdsmen, which resulted in the destruction of crops, farmlands, raping of women and girls, as well as killing and maiming of the

villagers.

Ozoemena said: “The herdsmen have so far failed to honour the invitation of the House Committee. For the communities, it has been a tale of woes, anguish, pains, humiliation, loss of economic mainstay and insecurity.”

While informing the security agencies that the communities live in fear in their homeland, the Deputy Speaker equally warned that the youths are getting restive and spoiling for war.

He said: “If nothing is done and urgently, there could be outbreak of hostilities and bloodshed. As a responsible House, we cannot sit by and watch the situation spiral out of control and our communities turned into a theatre of war.”

The Committee expressed concern that these herdsmen go about with sophisticated weapons like AK-47 rifles in clear contravention of the law on possession of firearms, stressing that this complaint should not be treated with levity.

The lawmakers said: “At a time when the nation is grappling with the challenges posed by the Boko Haram insurgents, we are worried that a band of terrorists may have infiltrated and hide under the guise of herdsmen to carry out their nefarious and vicious activities.

“We will not allow our communities to be turned into save havens for terrorists.”

The lawmakers warned that they “can no longer condone a situation where our wives and daughters are sexually assaulted and humiliated, our people are maimed, killed and condemned to starvation.”

BY CHIDI NKWOPARA

Source: Radio Biafra.

Femi Fani-Kayode victory or death my stand on Nigeria.


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Jonathan has not offered Sovereign National Conference and that is the problem. Make it “sovereign” and I am on board. I will not replace Hausa Fulani domination, which we have suffered for over 40 years in this country, with ijaw or igbo domination.

As each day passes it dawns on me more and more that the only way to secure and protect the interests of my people, the 50 million Yoruba people of south western Nigeria, is for us to leave Nigeria and establish our own nation.

For us Nigeria has done nothing. She has only held us back. I am not ashamed to say that this is how I feel and I am under no illusion that it may not be the most popular position today even amongst the yoruba themselves.

Yet the truth is that eventually our people will see that I am right and when the time for that idea comes no force or power in heaven or on earth can stop it.

I have been in politics for 23 years and I make bold to say that I have little doubt that ultimately, if our people really want true liberation, we must break off the shackles of a united Nigeria and establish our own sovereign state.

Now go ahead and call me a tribalist or whatever you like. It matters not to me. I have the same feeling for and pride in my people as the Scots in the United Kingdom have in theirs. The only difference is that they are in a civilised clime where they have been given the opportunity to exercise their right of self-determination by the conduct of a free and fair people’s referendum to determine whether they wish to remain in their country or not, whilst we have not been given that opportunity.

As a matter of fact the very suggestion or thought of secession and the exercise of our right of self-determination to leave Nigeria is not only frowned upon and met with utter disdain and contempt by those who would wish to hold us captive forever but it is also despised by their collaborators within our own ranks who have cultivated a slave mentality that is borne out of what is known as the “Stockholm Syndrome“.

Yet regardless of that our time will come because our aspirations are perfectly legitimate and lawful. There is no shame in wanting to be on your own and wanting the very best for your people. I am not a tribalist because I look down on no other but I am a Yoruba nationalist because I believe that the Yoruba are very different to most. We have a date with destiny and if we wish to keep that date I am convinced that we must remove the weights, break the chains, strengthen our resolve and get out of Nigeria.

I do not believe that we should dominate anyone or rule over anyone else. I do however believe, and strongly too, that no-one has the right to rule over us or dominate us any longer and I intend to dedicate the rest of my life to resisting such an agenda either within or without a united Nigeria. I am bound by the hopes and aspirations of the yoruba people and whatever they wish to do or opt to do is the cause that I, together with many other loyal and courageous leaders and men of integrity from the west in the new generation, shall do. For us it is either victory or death.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Mandela On Nigeria’s Crisis By Edo Ukpong.


By Edo Ukpong

There is no denying the fact, that our dear country, Nigeria is in a helpless crisis ridden state. Ordinarily and in my more natural elements, I would have pronounced Nigeria to be a failed state  with the vultures who have pushed us to this sorry state fighting over the carcass. However using the revered name of the great Madiba has had a cooling effect on the boiled ink even in the fiery pen of a seriously disgusted patriot. The name also serves as a fillip which tempers the anguish of disillusionment and puts a brake on the slide into a state of comatose resignation. It is on account of refusing to give up on the possibility of Nigeria as a prosperous democratic Nation for the benefit of all Nigerians that I approached the Madiba sometime ago for advice. The following represents our conversation via Skype.

Me: Greetings Madiba and thank you for agreeing to this chat, I was almost giving up when nothing was heard from my emissary for over one month, I am really grateful sir because I appreciate the demands on your time and moreover you are not getting younger.

Mandela: My friend, you can say that again, I am not getting younger and it saddened me when I was informed of your reasons for wanting to have a chat with me, if am still being consulted in this state it means we have not done well for Africa because the topic should have changed.

Me: I understand your feelings sir, but believe me, the topic has not changed. My country Nigeria is in dire straits, we are fast receding from any prospects of national harmony which is essential for progress and development. There is so much corruption and crude power mongering, which appears to have degenerated into a bizarre competition for who can steal the most, display the worst impunity, be the most outlandish and these politicians will say they are playing politics. Worst of all to get ahead in their ‘playing politics’ they are succeeding in dividing the people along tribal, sectional and religious lines through various sinister propaganda and deceit. These are dangerous times for my dear country.

Mandela: I do not need a lecture on the Nigerian situation which unfortunately is symptomatic of the situation in most of our continent. I am very knowledgeable about the Nigerian situation and am very fond of Nigerians and I have been intervening in Nigerian matters since I came out of prison. What can I possibly do in my condition? honestly Nigeria is too important not only to Nigerians but to Africa and the World to sit by and watch it degenerate into a failed state, but what can one old man do?

Me: Sir, since you know Nigeria well and with the situation on ground what advise can you offer for reversing my dear country’s slide into self immolation.

Mandela: Okay I do not lay claim to a monopoly of wisdom but since you have asked, here are my thoughts – politicians play politics and as has been said, the business of governance and nation building is too important to be left to politicians. So for any progress to be made you must bring in some patriots and the people have to be mobilized to empower these patriots. These patriots must be the ones who represent the psyche of the Nation and give it direction. Of course you cannot have a democracy without politicians but the problem with Nigeria is that the politicians have been given carte blanche over everything and of course politicians will play politics with everything under their control especially as in your case where the people seem to have gone to sleep and the politicians even supervise their own elections – so why are we surprised?

Me: But sir if democracy is driven by politicians and they cannot be entrusted with governance, are we going to have an arrangement whereby governance is run by unelected people? That is confusing sir!

Mandela: No my son, be patient! Do not be like my good friend, Obasanjo! Listen to me. The bane of Nigeria’s problems is that it’s brand of democracy is driven by politicians. Democracy must be driven by the people themselves. The people decide what direction and the politicians follow. Let me use myself as an example, you will be surprised that left to politicians, it is unlikely I would have become president of South Africa, not that I particularly wanted it myself, but the people drove that process. The people set the national mood and had decided that at that point in our history, the best course was for me to serve as president.

Me: (cutting in) Sorry sir, you mean they are black politicians who did not want you?

Mandela: You are interrupting again and why are you Nigerians so interested in asides and intrigues, like my good friend Babangida? Of course there are many politicians who were asking in private whether I was the only person who fought for freedom or the only one who was imprisoned – that’s a typical politician for you, they have  a different calculus, usually selfish! So getting back to my point, at this time in Nigeria’s history a national mood needs to be given gravitas to envelope the whole system. The country needs to heal and determine to move forward as one nation before any progress can be made. A few good men cannot do it, what you need is the people getting solidly behind a few good men. These men must be people who the people either already regard or can be persuaded to regard as not prone to corruption, who are nationalistic in outlook and with a vision of utilizing your enormous resources for a better society for all. In a nutshell people that can be trusted to pursue the peoples agenda. Identify such people and sell them to the people, once the people set a national mood, let me assure you, that train will be unstoppable. Winning the peoples support is not going to be easy but it is absolutely essential for success. It is even a good thing that you have many political parties, so there is no shortage of possible platforms. The politicians cannot overwhelm the people rather it is the other way round and believe me the politicians will fall in line, they will still play their politics, but they will not set the national agenda and that is the difference.

Me: Sorry sir, I hear you but it seems so theoretical – I am not even sure we have the good man or few good men you are talking about? Everybody seems to have joined or waiting to join the band of characters ruining our country today.

Mandela: My son! (as Babangida taught me to say) this is not the time for pessimism, you are in a crisis so think out of the box. Expand your search. Have you heard of  that young Colonel, Abubakar Umar? I got close to him during the June 12 1993 crisis. Whereas the politicians had reduced it into a sectional thing, this was a Hausa Fulani blue blood, I understand, in the army, who risked everything including his life to courageously fight for truth and justice. That is the young man who as  military governor under his supposed godfather, Babangida resigned as governor and declared that he was doing so because the government had deviated from the agreed course when they took over.

Me: Sir, that young man is not so young anymore, he is now in his sixties! And moreover the politicians will rather die …

Mandela: Let me interrupt you, they will not die and you were not listening .. it is not left to them! Sell him to the people! That is the kind of person you need to build the national momentum for a different kind of way of governance. What will any section have against him? Or will they say that he is  a greedy kind and will be corrupt? No way! Not with those antecedents! I had a chat with my friend Babangida last time he came to see me and do you know that inspite of Umar’s opposition and even allegedly plotting to topple him, he is one of the few people Babangida respects genuinely! That is what you get for being consistently straight forward and objective. You say he is no longer a young man, have his views or attitude to life changed?

Me: No sir he still airs his views regularly and is like the conscience of the nation.

Mandela: So what are you waiting for? That is your man! I am not saying he is the only good man or woman but the others are not as well known and as demonstrably ideal as the young colonel. This young lady, the due process lady, I forget her name, but she has been courageously vocal lately and from my sources she is honest and trustworthy.

Me: You mean Oby Ezekwesili!

Mandela: Yes that is the young lady, These two people I have mentioned, is a team not already emerging? You people should go to work and forget pessimism, nothing will be achieved by that. And if they are reluctant tell them that as Aristotle said ‘It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen’ They are good people let them now be good citizens and fight for their country! I have only a short time left on earth, if I am looking at Nigeria from heaven, I want a smile on my face not consternation.

Me: Thank you sir, you are a real father of humanity. God bless you always.

NB All my ‘trigger happy’ learned friends should note, that the above conversation occurred in my dream. I do not have money to defend multiple law suits please!

EDO UKPONG
LEGAL PRACTITIONER
LAGOS

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

Kaduna declares curfew in Kafanchan.


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The Kaduna State Government on Friday declared a 24-hour curfew in Kafanchan following bloody fighting between indigenous groups in Southern Kaduna and settler elements of the Hausa-Fulani dwelling in the area.

An online portal, SaharaReporters, said that at least five persons were killed in the fighting.

The agency said the bloody clash was also confirmed by an elderly Yoruba resident of Kafanchan, an otherwise quiescent town that used to be known as a railway hub. The man said the assaults flared up again yesterday, after armed soldiers had earlier quelled a skirmish last Sunday.

The security operative disclosed that indigenes of Southern Kaduna and Hausa-Fulani youths engaged in a free-for-all fight using machetes, spears and a few guns. Apart from the dead, many people reportedly sustained varying degrees of injury.

The source said, “I can confirm to you that attacks started yesterday between the indigenes and settlers. And several people were killed before [the] government declared 24 hours curfew today. As we speak, we are in the streets patrolling and all residents are now indoors.”

The security agent said yesterday’s attack appeared to be reprisals for the death of a young man who was killed last Sunday.

SaharaReporters could not reach the Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Mr. Olufemi Adenaike. However, a police officer in Kaduna said the commissioner and military authorities in Kaduna had deployed troops to the trouble spots to strengthen security and contain any threats that might escalate attacks.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Breaking News: 24-Hour Curfew Declared In Southern Kaduna As Scores Killed In Indigenes-Settlers Clash.


By SaharaReporters, New York

The Kaduna State Government has declared a 24-hour curfew in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, following bloody fighting between ethnic indigene groups in Southern Kaduna and settler elements of Hausa-Fulani dwelling in the area. In a telephone interview with our New York office, a security source told SaharaReporters that at least five persons were killed in the fighting.

The bloody clash was also confirmed by an elderly Yoruba resident of Kafanchan, an otherwise quiescent town that used to be known as a railway hub. The man said the assaults flared up again yesterday, after armed soldiers had earlier quelled a skirmish last Sunday.

The security operative disclosed that indigenes of Southern Kaduna and Hausa-Fulani youths engaged in a free-for-all fight using machetes, spears and a few guns. Apart from the dead, many people also sustained varying degrees of injury.

The source said, “I can confirm to you that attacks started yesterday between the indigenes and settlers. And several people were killed before [the] government declared 24 hours curfew today. As we speak, we are in the streets patrolling and all residents are now indoors.”
The security agent said yesterday’s attack appeared to be reprisals for the death of a young man who was killed last Sunday.

SaharaReporters could not reach the Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Mr. Olufemi Adenaike. However, a police officer in Kaduna said the commissioner and military authorities in Kaduna had deployed troops to the trouble spots to strengthen security and contain any threats that might escalate attacks.

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The picture is a previous picture of 2011 post election violence in Kafanchan.

Is Chauvinism, Prejudice And Persecution The Only Solution To Our National Problems? By Ismail Datti Sa’id.


By Ismail Datti Sa’id

Looking at the day-to-day events occurring in our dear country Nigeria, it is obvious that the magnitude of moral bankruptcy in Nigeria had skyrocketed to a very high degree.

In the previous week, Nigerians were awash with a new political drama in which the sick and yet to be recovered from brain damaged Taraba state governor, Mr. Danbaba Suntai was imported back to the country by some cabals from within and outside the state. Though I am not a psychiatrist or psychologist, looking at his pictures of arrival in Abuja airport, it was obvious that this man is suffering form brain damage due to the serious accident he had. He looks frail and scared as if his supporters are his enemies readying to attack him the moment they capture him. The purpose of this drama by the political power mongers from within and outside the state together with the governor’s close allies is to block the way for the deputy governor to assume fully the post of the governor of the state so that he can exercise full power and autonomy for the benefit of the citizens. It became more obvious that they were not in support of the deputy governor, Alh.

Garba Umar at the time people were agitating he should be sworn in as the acting governor of the state due to the prolong medical trip of the state governor that has keep the state at limbo. Despite the hooks and crooks, the deputy governor succeeded in becoming an acting governor of the state. Later on, some reports emerged that the governor, Mr. Danbaba Suntai is incapacitated and will be difficult for him to resumed his duty but this report stands contrary with the one we have heard from the PDPs especially the Jerry Ganas, Jangs of Jos and the Susuwans of Benue who admitted that Suntai is ok and will be back soon to resume his duty as the governor of Taraba state.

As a result of this development, the religious political bigots surrounding the governor who never wished Muslims to rule a state for which they were also citizens and among the majority, began plotting. Some reliable sources also revealed that these bigots had back up from the top house of the nation. A house said to be presently occupied by politicians who are professionals in using religion and ethnicity as a tool for election maneuvering, election rigging and political success.

According to a reliable media report, some insiders said, the return of Danbaba Suntai from the US to Taraba flouted medical advice as he was due to finish his present round of medication on August 28th after which he is expected to begin another round of treatment. Even his wife was said to have initially resisted his sudden return until powerful forces prevailed on her and urged the madam to steer clear.

Forces within and outside the state have brought him back so that a letter would eventually be sent to the State House of Assembly whose members have been pressurized towards the next move. The governor is expected to proceed on either holiday or medical trip very soon, an insider said.

Conclusively, they engineered his return so that they will remain on power and used the ailing governor as a shield. The main aim is nothing but “don’t let a Muslim rule Taraba- “shi ke nan”.

If Danbaba Suntai is healed, he’s welcome to come and retake his seat but only if he can prove to the world he’s ok and mentally sound but if not why all this political brouhaha similar to the Yar’adua saga.

Apparently, all these forecasts, highlights and even more were replayed during the week in the real episodes of the drama of the born to rule governor of Taraba state , Mr. Danbaba Suntai alias ‘ko da rai ko ba rai sai na mulke ku’ (whether dead or alive I must rule you).

I thought we have leared from our past mistake and used it as a deterrent for our future problems but instead; we are proving our defiance towards the fundamental principles that bind us together as one people, one Nation. With all these happenings, what do you expect next from Kaduna, Gombe, Kogi or Adamawa? Unless a Machiavellian maneuvered style of Obasanjo and his best student Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to help the minorities in the aforementioned states to become governors which they knew it will be difficult for them to win by vote count.

President Johnathan as Obasanjo’s successor has proven to take the footstep of his predecessor and master. Obasanjo started the game, instead of choosing a trusted northerner to succeed him, he chose Atiku Abubakar simply to pave way for a Christian to rule Adamawa state. Then follows his intelligent student, Johnathan who chose Sambo as VP so that a Christian will rule Kaduna. Despite the fact that this trick was obvious and a game of dirty politics played against the Northern Muslims and Hausa Fulani in particular, the peaceful and enduring nature of the northerners kept them silent until God reversed the case in Kaduna. You all knew what happened but still some myopic and bigots claimed that it was a northern Muslims plot that assassinated the Christian governor of Kaduna. The question is, when Obasanjo and Jonathan chose their VPs’ from Adamawa and Kaduna is it a Christian or CAN plot? At least, there should be other sincere and acceptable ways to give opportunity to the minorities to rule but not through cunning and deceit ways that are capable of undermining our peaceful co-existence.

With all these political upheavals going on in our dear country Nigeria, one will be wondering where are the so called freedom fighters, the barking dogs of Nigeria, or is Soyinka on a leave that makes him silent on the Politricks of Taraba State. The ‘Save Nigeria group’, that claimed to have saved the nation from the hands of the Yar’adua Cabals trying to seize control of the country? Or is the Taraba saga different from the Yar’adua’s? Or is it because this is a case of a Christian to Muslim and not from Muslim to Christian that was why they kept mute? Apart from Femi Falana (SAN) and a few others none of these so call fundamental human right forces are agitating for the respect of the rule of law in Taraba state. Where are the men of God? Why the deaf and dumb attitude?

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality”.  – Desmond Tutu.

Well, despite your hypocrisy, the youths especially we from a region that is allegedly tagged with slanders and backlash comments are watching from a different perspective and our concern is growing deeper and deeper until justice and equity is shared equally among all irrespective of our backgrounds, religions and political inclinations.

We felt betrayed, marginalized and always been robbed of our right when it is our time to take the task.

In Nigeria, some media are biased and also their misrepresentation of the north has precipitated stereotypes and idiosyncratic beliefs against the people from the northern part of the country especially, the Hausa Fulani (Nigeria’s scape goat) and the Muslims from the north.

In the views of the tribalists and bigots, when it comes to attacking the north, they referred to it as one entity and also a Boko Haram conclave that are killing the Christian from the South. Ironically, when it comes to politricks, they don’t see the north as one entity. They coined words like ‘middle belt Christians’ and ‘Hausa Fulani Muslims’ to divide and rule us as well as segregating us from the rest of the society just because the Yoruba Muslims, Idoma Muslims, Bendel Muslims, Igala and Igbra Muslims, Igbo and Ekwere Muslims have been broken away from us. While the Northern and Southern Christians were becoming their brothers keepers hence, the silence of our brothers have paved the way to our unjust attack and the unjust denial of our fundamental rights as citizens of our dear country Nigeria, a country where Muslims are up to 60% of its population.

Even when it comes to our right of religious practice, the bigots gave us backlash comments especially, one that is currently ordained with the title of tribalist, Mr. Femi Fani Kayode. Imagine this islamophobic shelling words of hatred on our religion and to our respectful senator Yarima simply because he said our religion approves early marriage (when a woman reaches puberty) this bigot with some social egocentric elements took to their twitter TL and other mainstream media to rain abuse on him. Now that COZA’s pastor is in a sexual scandal, I expected such bigots to rain the same abuse they did to our respectful Sen. Yarima to their pastor but their hypocrisy kept them silent. Why? Because he is of the writers belief (religion). Instead of redirecting their energy to more pressing issues like crimes of corruption, mal- governance, cabalism, ASUU and Doctors strike, youth unemployment, or maybe social ills like fornication, adultery, prostitution and female genital mutilation or husbands killing wives? Pressing and actual issues and not made-up events but they tend to focus in another’s man business when theirs is getting rotten.

Perhaps, it is because we live in a country where a religious leader will be given a private Jet as a gift on his birthday so that he can open his big jaws to challenge other sections of the society and use the influence of his organization to cause instability in the country in a view of aiding his kinsman to win elections at a time when large populations of the country are living in abject poverty.

Furthermore, according to this renowned bigot of the first order, Fani-Kayode in one of his interviews at Channels TV, he shamelessly lied against our belief and went ahead to call us pedophilies just because we are exercising our right. Mark his words, “This is the only country in the world that allows child marriage, child sex and pedophilia apart from Saudi Arabia (who are about to change the law), Yemen and Iran. And it is Yarima that encourages this great evil in the name of his faith in Nigeria. 95 per cent of Muslim countries in the world today have specifically banned child marriage by law yet some people keep trying to justify this filthy practice in the name of their faith. He went further to say “The great faiths of Islam, Christianity and Judaism all have three things in common- firstly they are all derived from Father Abraham who was the ”father of faith”.

Secondly, they are all monotheism and believe in only one God. And thirdly they are designed to inspire us, to bring us closer to God, to guide us through our lives, to show us the way to heaven when our work on earth is done and to protect and support the weaker and more vulnerable ones in our community and society including the children. No religion was designed to prey on children and feed fat on them through perverse sexual appetite.” What a shameless liar. You want to teach me my religion when you have ignored the tenets of yours? Once again, shame on you! Your comments on Senator Yarima and your intrusion into our affairs exposed you and your likes as those who are suffering from a problem of religious and cultural dislocation as a result contact with of western civilization or western mode of life.

This bigot who is defiant to the canon of fair play and equal opportunity has failed to tell us why did he adulterate as quoted by one Oguwike Nwachukwu in his article ‘Femi Fani-Kayode’s Shabby Claim, he cited Kayode’s article entitled: ‘A WORD FOR THOSE THAT CALL ME A TRIBALIST’ in which the bigot ridiculously started reeling out the names of Igbo ladies he probably slept with for which only men who need psychiatric assistance can waste such precious time on how they perused the anatomy of the female homo sapiens.

This is a man that has failed to address or attack boring and relevant issues disturbing our great nation especially those people or institutions in the eastern part of the country where newborn babies and children are sold for ritual or prostitution business in Europe.  Is this crime worst than that of Yarima’s freedom of religion or is wajoko not an abomination or against the Christian creed whereby you test a Lady by impregnating her after all if you like you marry or dump her? Or is it worst than a crime that was recently confessed by one ‘turn a day pastor’, Shina Rambo who admitted to have pounded many babies and slept with his mother? Or is the sexual affairs of COZA’s pastor not enough for Fani Kayode to understand that Yarima is more righteous to God than the pastor who preached and called for demonstration against early marriage and ended up having some special extra curricula services with his clients?

Kayode think before you talk. You are a capital liar for saying the Yorubas don’t accepts early marriage but where were you when Prof. Ishaq Oloyode secretary Gen. of Jama’atu Nasril Islam of Nigeria, a Yoruba man, shed light on the issue of early marriage and stated that we muslims have the right to marry immediately the girl is matured. Shame on you bigot!

Our perseverance is not an act of cowardice but an innate habit that has bestowed us with patience and endurance, which is the key to our unity as one nation. For this reason, some people are misusing this advantage by attacking and bomb shelling us with all sorts of idiosyncratic comments. Even the sky has a limit and even the farthest point on the horizon is eventually breached. Every story has an end; all legends eventually fade and are, inevitably, surpassed. It is the way of things.

In a recent development, in what seem to be like an act of providence to us, a show of shame between these bigots occurred recently or is still going on when the former Minister (FFK) told the Igbos that Lagos is their ancestral land and not a no man’s land as claimed by some Igbos. To our surprise, the two groups wasted their time rattling and distorting history only to claim Lagos. One will ask is Lagos a Mecca or Rome? Well to me, I have no interest in a state that’s too tiny to share. A lagoon for that matter. My land is amass and enough for me to plant and build houses. And for the Dangotes, IRS, and Abdussamad who have invested much there, it’s left for these two groups to decide the faith of their properties in Lagos after they have succeeded in forming their south republic. Agberobiafiran republic or let suggests another, MASSOBOPIC republic.

I only have a little property there, a bungalow house. If you like demolish it for I have had much in my agricultural and fertile mass land. My onions, tomatoes, peppers, beans, groundnut and meat that was used to build the former capital will stop supplying there and it will be enough for me to survive. The MASSOBOPIC republic citizens will use crude oil as substitute or preferable Ogogoro. My forefathers never drank the crude nor even came to know about it and they survived and even traveled to Mecca by foot because of their good health living condition.

I will not end this article without citing Mr. Festus Odimegwu alias ‘master of calculus manipulator’. This man was sent to the National population Commission (NPC) to distort data. He recently asserted that the data result of the previous census in 2006 was inaccurate. His only target is the north. Why will they always say Kano is the most populous state in Nigeria?

Answer: How can you compare Kano population spread within a parameter of 20,131 km2 (7,773 sq mi) and the population of Lagos, which is compressed within 3,577 square kilometers? The people of the 44 local government areas in Kano and the people jam packed together in 20 Local government areas in Lagos. Even the Igbo community in Kano is more than 2millions not to mention the Lebanese and Egyptians communities. During the previous census many areas in Kano state were omitted especially the ones that are very remote.

Currently, Kano is expected to be more than 18million people. The state is booming, people from neighboring states as well as the Chinese and Indians keep relocating to Kano. In addition, we marry and have children continuously.

Unlike the south of Nigeria, in the north even the poorest can marry and borne as many children as they could. Standard of living is very cheap here. When family planning is part of family life in the south here some clerics preached against it and declared it un-Islamic. We are being mocked because our girls got married and borne children at the age of 13yrs, 14yrs, 15yrs, and above but when the head counts proves our population strength they go against it out of bias, hatred and sentiments. In the south most the girls in such ages are not dimmed for marriage unless after their higher education or success in business and this is proven today. Not to mention the booming celebrity business.

Some school of taught similar to Mr. Festus alias ‘calculus manipulator’ alleged that the north is full of desert while some even shamelessly lied that we are counted together with our goats and chickens. This is Ridiculous!

Enough is enough of all these nonsense allegations against the north and Hausa Fulanis. A tribe always accused of the shortcomings of the nation. A tribe always used by some Nigerian comedians from the south to portray an ignorant and useless human being. A tribe that has been ridiculously misrepresented with the only roles of an illiterate gate man or a womanizer Alhaji in Nollywood movies. A tribe that has become the sacrificial lamb and the scape goat to be blamed with all the Aguyi Ironsi(Igbo), Chukwuma Nzeagwu Kaduna(Igbos), Yakubu Gowon (Birom native), IBB (Nupe native), Obasanjo (Yoruba) and Abacha (Kanuri native) Abdussalmu Abubakar (nupe native)  failures or mistakes of their governments when they were military officers or head of states.

From now on, we would not keep quite or wait to watch some bigots and tribalists trying to destroy our beautiful and historical race that has established a civilized empire even before the invasion of Europeans to Africa. Their selfishness had made them blind and deaf to see and to speak the truth about us. If people especially the bigots, like Fani Kayode are ready to live together with us as one nation, they must learn to respect us (our culture and religion) for respect is reciprocal. We live in a democratic society that gave us the freedom to practice our religion without the interference of Islamophobic people like you.

For those wanting a nation of theirs, it is imperative for them to note that it is not in the interest of our forefathers that Gen. Lugard amalgamated us but of the queens and British interest. But for the purpose of African-hood or brotherliness, we decided to shame the queen whose main aims of amalgamating us is not for integration purposes but for commercial purposes in which our grandfathers were exploited to farm for the queen of England.

It is also pertinent to know that the military have dictated this country for more than 3 decades but of whose interest and benefits? Is it for the talakawas (poor masses) of the north or for themselves? Of whose benefit do they rule us? I believed the sincere answer is; of their benefits but not their regions, religion, or tribes benefits. If so, why our persecution? Haven’t you been to the north?

It is also worth to note that the Hausa Fulani and majority of tribes in the north especially the Kanuris and Nupes are civilized and educated as well as having economic institutions such as the trans sahara trade.

Education is not English speaking or only those taught in western languages should be regarded as the only intelligentsias. The problem here is that when the western missionaries came to the north to dominate us, we resisted and hence only a few of us were converted to the western religion and have the privilege of attaining western education. We already are educated and had an established system of government that is akin to that of our colonizers.

Finally, we have only two groups of people in Nigeria, the oppressed and the oppressors. These two groups can be found in any of the 372 tribes or ethnics and religions in Nigeria. Which of the groups did you fall in?

“The oppressors do not favor promoting the community as a whole, but rather selected leaders.” Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

By Ismail Datti Sa’id Kano.

Twitter :@said_datti

Blog: ismaildattisaid.blogspot.com

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters 

Culture Conflicts And Advancement By Dr. Peregrino Brimah.


By Dr. Peregrino Brimah

What precisely is culture? What is the meaning, significance and relevance of the ethnic groups we belong to and how real is our belonging? These questions appear simple, but are they?

We say we are proudly Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Ga, Akan, Kikuyu, Idoma, Igala, Tapa, Kanuri and all the rest great African heritages. We identify with our ethnic group and then with being African, Muslim or Christian and so on. What do these mean? And what connection does this identification have with our loving and fighting as defined by these cultures?

There is no single definition for culture, but we can safely understand it by and relate it to these terms: Group, History, Shared, Beliefs, Habits, Education, Symbols, Home-land, Collective programming, Naming, Distinguishing, Religion, Values, Attitudes, Marriage, Meanings, Language and Communication.

An ethnic group is the labeling of a people with a history of shared culture, pretty much the same features above.

So when we say we are Ga for instance, it means we share a history, usually with a founding father actual or mythical feature, a migration history, actual or folk-tale, with other people who for several decades we have been living with in that qualitative locality. By living in the same social space, we have evolved, ‘ethnogenesis’ a common culture. The culture can be recognized by exhibition of the features above, – shared, language, values, etc.

When culture is studied, there are aspects that can be more easily observed and then there are aspects that cannot. The symbols, language, facial markings, culture based practices are the surface of the culture, these can be observed. But at the core of the culture is its values, which are hidden foundations of expressed behavior and very hard to observe, elicit or adapt.

In the discussion and study of cultures and ethnic groups, there is the relativity theory, which views all cultural values as being relative and as such there is no better than or worse than. What this means is that even when you see a culture that indulges in cannibalism, you must not approach them from a self confident and superior vantage point of knowing you are right and they are wrong. It is relative, as far as human knowledge and interaction goes, what is right in your culture can rightfully be wrong in theirs, regardless of how much larger your cultural group is. This is called, cultural relativism. Anthropologists would explain that, to communicate with and if need really be, change a culture, you need to be able to learn, assimilate and become that culture.

Only religious doctrinal culture is by its nature able to address and praise or devalue other cultures. The religious cultures avail on a level of inspired—from God, the manufacturer—superior cultural standards. Consider two time pieces that may both have lost time. These cannot correct each other, unless they reset by the sun. This is the principle of religious culture surpassing traditional non-religious founded values, symbols and behaviors. Two virus infected computers may not be able to clean each other and depend on the programmer. Man agrees that he lacks the ability to contest what the Oracle/God dictates and submits to inspiration/revelation culture.

Politicization of ethnic identities: Ethnic groups are only as significant as they are loaded with the culturally affluent. Else ethnic groups are utilized for political, exploitative and ethnocentric purposes. Our reference to ethnicity should connote a presence of strong cultural determinants that will assist us in understanding and interacting with the social group. These individuals being classified by their culture should exhibit several of the markers listed above that define culture, and should possess cultural values. When ethnic categorization is canvassed and there are no cultural properties or similarities, mischief is intended, because culture is not inherited, is virtually not genetic and even worse than race, is not even skin deep.

When an individual exists outside his cultural habitat (mentally or physically), his claim to his ethnic group should be submitted for an individual based evaluation. We must determine the stronger cultural symbols, language, religion, habits, practices and see if he actually has these. Does he speak the language more often? Does he eat the food? Does he wear the clothes and feel comfortable in them? Does he prefer the mode of expressing joy, sorrow, thinking, talking, resting, worship? The many manifestations of culture need to be present to legitimize the ascribing of ethnic related culture to an individual as he conducts himself in life, love, war and death.

I prefer to eat chicken and chips, I regard suits and tie as formal wear, I speak English and believe that speaking vernacular should be penalized, I wear a perm, I get married in a tuxedo and white gown; I am European.  I have imbibed a European culture over mine. Culture is not limited to appearance, place of ancestral origin and ability to speak a traditional language; it comprises a whole host of social determinants and markers as we earlier introduced. Bourdieu views taste (food) as one of the stronger markers.

A great example to appreciate the true meaning of culture is the African American president of the United States, Barrack Obama. What is his culture or ethnic group? Few call him Kenyan, even though his father was a full-fledged Kenyan man, born in Kenya, who returned to fight for and die in Kenya. We do understand that Obama has the American culture.

Culture can blend, is dynamic, transferable and effervescent—can evaporate and be lost. We have certain families who travel to America and disallow their children to speak in their native tongues because they actively want all traces of their children’s ethnicity to disappear and for them to absorb wholly the American culture. They understand that culture and ethnicity is not genetic but an accumulation of social learning. Bordieu explains the ‘Habitus’ a combination of social factors that deposit upon and impress themselves on the individual. His environment and more specifically the particular ‘field’ or social network he exists within determines his culture.

Cultural transference is thoroughly experienced in Nigeria where many Hausa families in the north adopted the Fulani ‘prestigious’ heritage, the ethnicity of Dan Fodio. Many Kanuri’s are as good as Hausa-Fulani and vice-versa. Igbo’s who have lived up-north have literally adopted more Hausa culture than their remnant traditional Igbo culture. In past presidents, Murtala Mohammed, Abacha, we see cultural transference. Again in President Obama we see cultural blending, where his white maternal culture made him a happy choice for the Caucasian voters and his black side impressed blacks. In Nigerian names and popular individuals like, Kaduna Nzeogwu, Daniel Amokachi, Celestine Babayaro, we see cultural integration and blending. In Ghana, the Ga are said by some historians to be emigrants from the Benin Kingdom. This ethnic group has borrowed words from Yoruba, Portuguese, Akans, pointing to a high fluidity and malleability of ethnic groupings.

In conclusion, as we increasingly lose our ethnicity, unfortunately, it becomes important to ensure that this progressively weakening feature of our societies is only utilized for good and not for fractionation and war. Some of us drive-out our employees who come to work in ethnic wear, yet have the effrontery to claim we are indigenous, cultural beings when it comes to ethnic feuds and dividend sharing.

Acculturation and related economics: African countries lose billions of dollars annually in importation of European cultural clothing. Billions of forex are wasted purchasing polo shirts that bear a Caucasian atop a horse ridding after a ball he hits. As far as culture goes, we should buy our blouses, uwe and buba’s, keeping this foreign-exchange within the country while enabling our industries to grow. This is the true value of culture—for self preservation. The government has nothing to do with this billion dollar loss that acultural citizens dole out every year. Patronizing our cultural clothing alone will bring African nations out of poverty. The suits and ties in hot Africa! This is meaningless cultural brain washing; that feeling that you are not dressed formal in native wear until you wear a colonial master’s suit and fasten a tie to your neck. Dress-down Friday, which is only one day a week and expresses a disregard for traditional wear, whereas if we were truly cultural, all days will be for traditional wear and then perhaps we’ll have a dress-funny day, during which we wear the many-layered heat conservative suits and fasten ties around our necks.

It is sad to note that Africans have lost so much of their culture to the economic advantage of the colonialist that African nations even purchase used suits, ties and shoes which they would rather wear to the office, bank, etc, than wear their available genuine clothes. The desperation where many managers buy second-hand, aka, bend-down boutique clothing to appear western, leads to further cultural conflict and mental deterioration.

Language, diet, clothing, these are all the symbols of culture. The trading of these for European second-hand culture is an epic crisis in African societies. It is preposterous that African teachers in schools penalize students for speaking their native tongues, ‘vernacular,’ as it is referred. In Europe, the most successful group are the Jews, these tribalists have done a lot to protect themselves. If ethnocentrism and tribalism has a use in today’s world, it should be utilized as the Jews do. It is said that a dollar bill recycles several times within the Jewish community before it ever leaves if it does, whereas a dollar bill that enters a black hand leaves to a non black at the next turn. And teachers dare not castigate Jews for speaking their ethnic Hebrew while in school.

Westernization should not be confused with advancement however. Wearing a suit is westernization; the suit has nothing to do with technology. Lightening skin, permed (and now fake) hair, the suit and tie, these are westernization and cultural colonization. Seeing the white women swish their hair is said to have been the inspiration that African American Madam CJ Walker who invented the hot comb to begin the process of straightening hair, saw that made her put a hot metal comb to head.

Again in considering ethnic politicization; in parts of Africa, like Nigeria and Kenya, colonial occupiers intentionally worked on aggravating ethnocentrism to promote tribalism that prior did not exist in Africa. Tribalism refers to strict intra marriage within the single ethnic constellation. The Jews are tribal and we read of the 12 tribes of Judah. African nations were not tribal, as we had so many migrations, intermarriages and ethnic transferences and blending as mentioned above. The example of Nigerian ex-President Murtala Mohammed suffices. Murtala’s dad, Pam Azatus Iyok from Dogon-Gaba, near Vom in Plateau state, Nigeria’s Middle Belt, became Muslim, an ethnic change, he married Ramat a Kano Hausa-Fulani woman; and their son Murtala married a Yoruba woman. Murtala was accepted and considered Hausa-Fulani. The colonialist provoked ethnic segregation to secure their divide and rule technique. The 1910 colonial state promulgated Land and Native Rights Ordinance was set out to distinguish Hausa northerners. The Cantonments Proclamation of 1914 institutionalized the Sabon Garuruwa system of residential segregation with establishment of ‘foreign quarters,’ ‘Sabon Gari,’ in Hausa states. In 1920 when the National Congress of West Africa called for colonial reform, Sir Hugh Clifford pulled out the ethnic card. Okwudiba Nnoli’s ‘Ethnic Violence in Nigeria, A Historical Perspective,’ is an essential read on this subject. In many West African nations, due to the purposeful colonial manipulations, regional and sectional ethnicism are radically trumped, whereas when many of these nationals  travel abroad, they hardly ever stick to their ethnic people and fail to impress African or national ethnic pride on foreigners they encounter. True ethnic and national pride appears to correlate with ethnic peace. Hence the true love and understanding of ethnic significance appears to correlate with its utility for peace and developmental purposes only. Ghanaians and Senegalese abroad for instance, usually appear more proud of their ethnicity, living in closer communities which powerfully maintain their culture and these peoples have relative peace and stability at home. The sense of national ethnicity also appears to promote true regional ethnicity.

New cultures: Ethnic, group and geographic cultural markers are not indelible. Culture is a dynamic process, and a cultural group today is usually bound by a new set of rules that may be recognized as totally foreign to the founders of that culture. For instance, sadly Nigeria is known for a culture of corruption and crime. This is a shared new ethnic culture within Nigeria’s different ethnic classifications. The elite class also transcends previous cultural barriers. Elite raise their kids to bourgeois standards; their IV league schools provide the ‘field,’ that imprints the cultural products, food, fitness, speech, etc. Religious cultures also replace traditional. Social media cultures are shared, and when members are abusive toward each other, what they fail to realize is that they are brothers in a new social media cultural group; more closely related than to their known and proclaimed ethnic appellation on whose basis they spar and shed blood. Increasingly these new social and class ethnic groups are being recruited for socio-political missions. To appreciate your cultural outlook, it is necessary to try to visit and look upon yourself and your group if you have such from an external perspective and possibly through an ancestors eye. Your dress mode, rituals, recommendations, mannerisms, diet, thoughts, language, etc. How do these appear from the outside?

As a last deposition: You are not what you say you are, you are not what you think you are, and you are not what your father is, you are what you are, and you may be surprised when you figure out what that is.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah
http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something]
Email: drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter: @EveryNigerian

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

Over 30 Killed In Plateau, While Jang Struggles For NGF Power In Abuja.


 

Gov. Jonah Jang
By SaharaReporters, New York

While Governor Jonah Jang is in Abuja struggling for leadership of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), more than 30 people have been killed this week in the Langtang area in a new wave of attacks by Fulani gunmen.

 

Humanitarian workers in the area told SaharaReporters that the attacks have been on since Tuesday in Karkashi, Magama and Bolgan of Langtang South local government area with headquarters in Mabudi.  The area is said to be the resettlement ground for veterans of the Second World War.  It is also the home of Taroh, Ngas, Kwallah, Youm, Montol, Goemai, and Mwaghavul ethnic groups who are the targets of Fulani gunmen.

The humanitarian workers said that houses and food barns have been burnt to ashes in the attacks, while the seriously injured were rushed to the Jos University Teaching Hospital and other nearby hospitals.

The attacks have come as Governor Jang remained in Abuja playing President Goodluck Jonathan’s stooge in his political feud with Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, jostling over his illegitimate claim to being chairman of the NGF.  Jang was defeated in the election to that position by 19 votes to 16 but with Mr. Jonathan’s support, has continued to pose as chairman.

Last year, Gen. Jeremiah Useni, who is from Langtang, accused Jang of being problem of the state, saying, “The state governor, Jonah Jang, is not doing anything to allay the fears of every citizens in the state. Some feel marginalized; some are called all sorts of names.  The problem is the Constitution giving all the powers to one man who refuses to cooperate; there is nothing we can do. He is not relating to people, the Berom themselves are divided—we have the Du versus other Beroms. Then you have the non-Beroms including Hausa-Fulani and ourselves, we are not Beroms.  One expects that as a governor of a state, everyone should be yours irrespective of tribe and other affiliations because everyone voted for you. So you cannot be a Berom governor or Hausa governor, everybody must be treated equally, failure to do that is inviting anarchy.

Useni lamented that civil servants were not being paid, pointing out that even in the local government administrations, some workers were being owed as much as four months and when they were paid, were given only half their salaries.

“Jang is not capable of running the state unless he changes his heart,” Useni said. “Don’t forget that there was a time the state was in turmoil for eight days. He was in India, sitting down there. He didn’t rush down and there have been many cases like that. When you advise him, he doesn’t listen to advice and when he was asked why he doesn’t take advice, he said he doesn’t have to take advice from anybody. How do you expect a governor to say that? Who doesn’t take advice, no matter how wise or clever you are? Even (the Biblical) King Solomon used to take advice.”

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