Why all the court cases in our traditional institutions?

Rubbish Nonsense:
Virtually every traditional stool in Plateau State today is faced with one litigation (court case) or the other.
No one even in the traditional circle believes failure is his.
As a matter of fact, they will all tell you they have been anointed divinely or they had seen visions.
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This brings the question then: if God or whosoever has chosen you especially when such a one is a supreme supernatural being, why not take the matter to him rather than the courts?
And for you who have cheated your way to that stool, enjoy it while it lasts. For no kingdom foun ded on lies and deception ever thrives. In fact, curses are upon you and your unborn generations if you don't repent. Read and understand the scriptures and other events in history.
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Rubbish Nonsense: Plateau First, Not Individuals or Parties

Gov. Solomon Lar may have been more concerned with inclusive governance and socio-cultural development but less of human capital development.

Tapgun may have prioritized unity but without the protection of state wealth,

Gov. Dariye may have prioritized human capital development also without protecting state resources and promoting staff welfare.

Gov. Jang may have done well with infrastructural development excluding unity, welfare and human capital development.
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Lalong may have prioritized or be prioritizing peace and staff welfare development with less of unity or human capital development.

However, each of them has and is still doing great in the interest of the state. The greatest among them perhaps is the one that doesn't undermine the efforts or integrity of the other.

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Nigerian securities might first spark civil war in Nigeria and it would begin with inter-agency battles if care is not taken

With the way some security personnel behave in this country, if the professional ones among them don't rise to counter the bad image of theirs being portrayed, civil war fit happen oo and na among them e go be.
In 2012, I remember STF personnel in Jos north torturing a young man to death for driving in a wrong lane.
Same year, my cousin was tortured by Policemen from the Anglo Division in Jos for using a cellphone near them during a civil operation to mob up motorcycles from ...Jos.
Around the same time a youngman was killed in Riyom for sharing a girlfriend with a security guy just as another in Nasarawa.
In 2015 or so, a youngman was shot by DSS men in Hamaz for an offense that still can't be ascertained.
A similar incident occurred around the same area as reported but this time involving the killing of a military personnel dressed in mufti by STF, that was late last year.
The latest of such indiscriminate acts is the killing of another soldier in Kano by men of the DSS after a misunderstanding or so. He was equally in mufti.
Now I remember several instances of security to security clashes in Jos between 2014 and 2016.
This fit occur in a monumentally devastating manner if the unprofessional personnel who only go into the force in search of jobs or undeserved respect or even vendetta are flushed.
Thank God the military in Portharcourt recently convicted one of its men for allegedly assaulting a Nollywood actress.
The efforts must be sustained and replicated in all the other agencies to avoid the dreaded.
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Alh. Sanusi and the One Wife Law

So the Emir if Kano, Alh. Sanusi is considering a law to limit marriages to one wife per man in the State.
If only this was long thought of and embraced by all especially in the far north, the problem of overpopulation which results in unhealthy competition thus giving room for poverty, hunger and insurgency would have long been checked.
Perhaps our own Gbong Gwom Jos should consider same. Enough of many marriages and child births without the economic capacity to cater for th...em.
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When it comes to the dirty jobs, na Christians dem deh use for Aso rock abi?

When it was time to defend the shifting of Aso Rock Chapel, it was Pastor Osibanjo that was used. When it also came to defend the new petroleum pricing regime, it was Osibanjo.
When there arose controversies on the President's style of appointments, it was Femi Adeshina and Ita Enang that were used for the defense.
Similarly, when it was time to explain the grazing reserve policy, it was Audu Ogbe that was used.
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Now again, despite being the Junior media aide to Sani Shehu, Femi Adeshina is the one constantly being used to present and defend issues regarding the President's health even to defend Ademola's 500K saga.

How many less controversial issues have these people been used to speak on?
Is anybody seeing what I'm seeing?

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Lai Mohammed again? N650K?

Isn't Alh. Lai Mohammed just the best Minister Nigeria has ever had?
In 2012, Plateau State government nearly closed a Ministry for generating less than N10million as IGR in a year.
Today however, an entire Federal Ministry, the Ministry for Information and culture, invariably two Ministries coming together as one generating N650,000 as IGR in a year.
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And Lai Mohammed has the guts to say the Ministry wasn't designed to generate revenue? Was it designed to split the revenue or fill a vacuum only?
This Ministry has some of the best potentials in Nigeria - the culture and entertainment (mother tourism) sector. If you lack ideas on how to make the best of it, why not ask?
You are not even ashamed. What happened to all the Hollywood, Music etc that are somewhat top among their peers?
Isn't cultural imperialism or better still marketing that the likes of India and Philippines are dominating our airwaves with that our people now pay everyday to watch them on Zworld, Telemundo etc?
U deh produce 20 times less than you consume in a week and u no deh shame? Last year no be 10million you apply go China for just a week? and una deh fight poverty and financial mismanagement?
How much NCC, NTA, FRCN, NAN deh charge as subscription fees and others?
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Rubbish Nonsense: You wanna die for your boss who wouldn't do same for you?

One of the reasons a young msn will fight or even attack me for speaking against his political icon or god father is that he or she fears that if the politician concerned loses their position as a result of my criticism, they (youth) would equally lose whatever they benefit from them.

However, If I write to say the politician who is supposed to attract a road project to your community has failed, and you openly harass me for saying such, what message would you be sending to him other than that which says you have no such needs?

And if you succeed in telling him you have no such needs and he continues without doing it till he leaves office, who is the loser?

Make una deh think well as una deh fight for una ogas.

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Rubbish Nonsense: The Now Known ‘Unknown Gunmen’ in Southern Kaduna


By Masara Kim

When it was reported last year that some high valued mineral deposits had been discovered in parts of Southern Kaduna, many critical minds began foreseeing the possibility of a dead end to the quest for peace in the troubled Southern Kaduna region.

This is perhaps not unconnected to the fact that most areas that have been found to be rich in minerals have often experienced one form of conflict or the oth
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er. Jos for instance started as a mining community. Till date, the city has not recovered from the upheavals of the recent past. The Niger Delta is yet another region just as many other oil-rich areas of the world.

In 2015, many including John Campbell, senior fellow for Africa Studies and former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, contemplated the possibility of the Middle-Belt crisis being connected to resource control. In particular, desertification in the north and erosion among others in the south were thought to be pushing people towards the Middle-Belt thus exerting undue pressure on the region.

The Southern Kaduna crisis which began gaining popularity in late 2015 followed many similar land resource related conflicts in parts of Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue and a host of other States in the Middle-Belt. Just like the aforementioned States, the Southern Kaduna killings were often reported to have been carried out by unknown gunmen.


Even when all fingers pointed towards Fulani herdsmen with more daring evidences being revealed, hardly were any of the influential people among the Muslim population in Nigeria willing to admit it was Fulani herdsmen that were behind the attacks.



In fact, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, in July 2016 claimed that herdsmen carrying guns and killing people are foreign terrorists and not necessarily Fulani. However, soon before we knew it, a number of Fulani armed men were in the news reportedly agreeing to maintain peace.


Again, on the 16th of August, 2016, a chieftain of Kaduna state Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Dr.Haruna Usman, said that the sacking of Ninte, and other villages, in Jema’aLocal Government, was in response to the killing of a Fulani ardo in Ninte.


Similarly, the Jema’a Foundation, Miyetti Allah and Mobgal Fulbe Development Association in another Press Conference in Kaduna on November 7, 2016 made statements that suggested Fulani and Hausa Muslims were behind the ethnic cleansing and destruction of villages in Southern Kaduna.


In their claims, they reportedly said the attacks were necessary to entrench Muslims’ rights to practice Islam, alleging they were being marginalized in Southern Kaduna. It didn’t stop there. On the 31st of December, 2016, Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Assistant National Secretary of Miyetti Allah also echoed the same position, that the Fulani were carrying out reprisal killings.

Payment of Ransom to Fulani attackers by Elrufai


Until then however, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State was quoted as saying he had paid some Fulani herdsmen identified to have been behind the killings in Southern Kaduna in order to appease them to stop the attacks.


One would have thought bringing them to justice was the best thing but of course as one of the reports quotes him as saying, he is a Fulani like them and has no problem paying compensations for cattle lost during the 2011 post-election crises. In any case, the compensations were paid to the supposed foreigners who were on a ‘pay-back’ mission in Nigeria. However, the killings never stopped. Meanwhile he had said they had accepted his terms and agreed to let go.


El-rufai was all along quiet on the issues just as President Buhari. Buhari had in his 2016 Independence speech acknowledged the reality of the farmer-herdsmen crises, saying, “This Administration is firmly resolved to tackle these challenges and to defeat them.”


Instead of living up to his words, he now claims he is silent because Governor El-rufai was on top of the situation in the state which therefore didn’t call for his interference. Meanwhile, he had in April 2016 directed a crackdown on Fulani terrorists by security Chiefs. That was after the attacks spread to Southern Nigeria’s Enugu State. One wonders if the President didn’t know about Governors existing and/or working in Enugu and Benue.


El-rufai on the other hand broke his silence when the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and a host of others began calling on citizens of the affected region to defend themselves. To him, self-defense is hate speech.


Buhari and El-rufai are however not the only leaders and/or influential people whose comments condemning the attacks would have gone a long way in stemming the crisis in that region. Such like the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), National Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) as well as the Council of Imams and Ulama of Kaduna State are equally highly influential parties.


Self-defense


However, while the National Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) had last year while reacting to a bill that seeks to protect the interests of Christians in Nigeria said it was recipe for anarchy, it seems not to see the injustice being meted out against the indigenous people of Southern Kaduna.


The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has joined Gov. El-rufai and the Council of Imams and Ulama of Kaduna State to condemn calls for self-defense. The Council of Imams and Ulama has in fact demanded the arrest of Rev Zacahriah Gado of 19 DCC Fellowship, the CAN President, Samson Ayokunle, CAN Secretary-General Musa Asake, John Danfulani, and Solomon Musa, SOKAPU President over self-defense issues.


This therefore brings the question; who are truly the people behind the attacks in Southern Kaduna – foreign terrorists, aggrieved parties or local insurgents? When the Fulani herdsmen seem to be succeeding in their conquest, the concerned parties will either keep quiet or claim the gunmen are not Nigerians. But when the issues of arrest or self-defense come to the fore, they begin to speak out.


And we dare ask again, are they speaking out in their favour as their own brothers or as concerned humans? If it is as their own brothers, it means then that they have the solution to the problem. This is because they know them and they can either stop them or hand them over to security operatives for prosecution. This is even more crucial given that the Muslim attackers are battering the image of the religion.


If on the contrary, they are merely speaking out of human feelings, does it mean that the lives of the natives being slain on daily basis do not matter? These perhaps are the reasons the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said, “It is obvious that these Imams are part of the evil network desperately trying to decimate the Christian population of Southern Kaduna and the taking over of their lands by Islamists herdsmen terrorists.” No wonder the recent calls for the creation of Southern Kaduna State to safeguard the interests of the local populace there.


It is heartwarming that the United Nations (UN) has promised to look into the killings in Southern Kaduna and ensure that justice prevails following a petition by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP. However, to the political and religious leaders that have remained unconcerned on the issues, this does not mean anything. Meanwhile, Nigeria’s image is being battered before the international community.

After Ransom, what next?


Perhaps as Professor Wole Soyinka has humorously said, the reason President Muhammadu Buhari was silent on the killings may have been because he was waiting for Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, to first appease the killers with money so that they can stop the killings despite the reported death of over 800. He was however swift in condemning the death of five in the Unimaid mosque bomb blast.


On the Southern Kaduna issue, now that the insurgents have been settled however, why can’t the government go after them since they wouldn’t stop the killings? That has always been the practice after amnesty when government announces monetary rewards for repentant criminals. Those who refuse to show up during the grace period are usually and ideally clamped down upon.


Even if they cannot be tried in Nigeria because they are not Nigerians, they can either be handed over to the governments of their home countries for prosecution or even taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC) where they international laws apply. Now that this has not been done, it is likely that the claims of some individuals and groups that he may have given them funds to go and buy arms with which to keep terrorizing the people can be hardly refuted.


This therefore brings to bare the timeliness of the Senate’s resolve to investigate the killings although quelling the crisis is more important which the Army has finally after much destructions and public outcry has moved to take care of.


The senate’s move must however be done with sincerity of purpose, fast and in the interest of all. Any attempt to bring sentiments into it would only lead to another dead end which could lead to another outbreak of violence later in time.


Those reportedly identified and paid ransoms equally need to be brought before the law. Criminals cannot always be treated as brothers against the constitutional provisions which forbid taking the laws into one’s hands and taking another man’s life illegally. The constitution indeed is greater than any man or woman, group or tribe and it must therefore be applied on all, without fear or favour in line with the rule of law which forms the basis for democracy worldwide. For those “arbitrarily” arrested, particularly Southern Kaduna indigenes who are supposedly victims of the attacks, justice must be ensured for or against them depending on what the courts come up with after they must have been timely referred to them.


Rubbish Nonsense: Why Government Must Set Up Proper Project Evaluation Mechanisms

One of the greatest shortfalls of the past administration both at the federal and state levels is lack of proper monitoring and evaluation of projects especially roads.

As a result, projects that were meant to be completed within two years for example doubled their tenures in some cases. Again, quality was greatly undermined due to inconsistencies in followups and supervision.


Lalong might be doing well and probably likely to break Jang's records in infrastructural and staff welfare development.

However, his administration's quality assurance mechanisms appear too weak to give him that.
It is good that he has placed his field supervisors on good rewards for delivering on quality. But those are mere structural arrangements.

Technicalities however require technicalities. Field supervisors who do not have the requisite qualification or experience to test and ascertain the quality of a project might only deliver temporary results.

And because most times poorly constructed roads don't show signs of damage until after about 4 years, you are only likely to realize the shortfalls when you have left office. By then, your image would have already fallen as a or result.

Why not rework it then?

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Official Islamic Declaration Falling on Nigeria by Independence

By M.K. Usman

Perhaps for a very good reason, President Muhammadu Buhari, the Sultan of Sokoto, Saád Abubakar, and a Maiduguri-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ibrahim Saleh recently made the list of the world’s 50 most influential Muslim leaders. The Muslim 500, an annual publication of the World’s 500 most influential Muslims, recognised the three Nigerian leaders in its 7th edition published late last year.
The publication measured influence some Muslims have on other Muslims to include: any person who has the power (be it cultural, ideological, financial, political or otherwise) to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim world. The impact could be either positive or negative, depending on one’s point of view, it said.
It added that the influence could be of a religious scholar directly addressing Muslims and influencing their beliefs, ideas and behaviour, or it could be a ruler shaping the socio-economic factors within which people live their lives, or of artists shaping popular culture.
“The first two examples also point to the fact that the lists, and especially the Top 50, are dominated by religious scholars and heads of state. Their dominant and lasting influence cannot be denied, especially the rulers, who in many cases also appoint religious scholars to their respective positions,” it said.
From the foregoing, it is not surprising that Buhari is among, even appearing ahead of the Sultan of Sokoto, at number 20 and 24 respectively. Indeed, the influence President Buhari has had on the Muslim Ummah are enormous.
Gen. Ibrahim Babangida took the rap for Nigeria's sneaky upgrade to full membership of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) in 1986, but according to a study on Nigeria funded by the US Defense Department in the early 1990s, cited in Uzukwu (2010), “it was actually Buhari who without any regard whatsoever for the sensibilities of Nigerians of other faiths, submitted the application to upgrade Nigeria's membership from the observer status it had enjoyed since the Gowon regime to full membership.”
Recall that the first major conference President Muhammadu Buhari hosted since his emergence as civilian President in 2015 is the International Islamic Conference on Peace and Stability at the Musa YarÁdua Centre held in Abuja in March 2016.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu also represented Nigeria at the General Assembly of the Fifteenth Session of the Committee on Science and Technology, COSTECH, of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) from Tuesday, May 31-Wednesday, June 1, 2016 in Islamabad, Pakistan.
President Buhari has equally signed MOUs with the OIC for the facilitation of various projects in the northeast region, approved and consolidated Nigeria’s membership of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Against Terrorism, Eight Developing Islamic Countries (D8) and Islamic Development Bank (IDB).
While these memberships are still being contested in the court, the bill for the amendment of the 1999 constitution at the National Assembly (NASS) which seeks to include the Sharia Law into the country’s criminal law is still heating up.
Similarly, under Buhari’s watch, Gov. El Rufai of Kaduna state is thought to be the first to pass an anti-religious bill into law. And of course, it is on record that only ‘non-Muslim’ Nigerians break the law and get punished. Hence, the law may have not been in the general interest of all as claimed.
Furthermore, the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) under Buhari recently approved the collapsing of Christian Religious Studies (CRS) and Islamic Studies (IS) as well as Social Studies, Civic Education and Security Education into one subject known as Religion and National Values (RNV) at the primary school level.
Despite the fact that CRK and Islamic Studies would have different teachers, it is known that ‘non-Muslims’ are hardly employed or deployed to work in Muslim communities. Thus, even where there are non-Muslim pupils in such places, a Muslim teacher might be the one to teach CRS. But can a Muslim effectively teach Christian values or a Christian teach Islamic values?
Remember, CRS and Islamic studies according to the curriculum are compulsory since they come as one. This makes it difficult for any Christian school to avoid having an Islamic teacher, after all Christians are traditionally known for their peaceful disposition as exemplified by Jesus Christ.
Talking about peace, the Federal government has continued to push for the establishment of Grazing Reserves, even allegedly smuggling funding for it into the 2016 budget. This it says would promote peace and security between farmers and herdsmen.
Although it is said to be for all, it is known that no ethnic group in Nigeria rears cattle as Fulani who are majorly Muslims. And since the bill doesn’t say cattle rearers should benefit from the grazing reserves available in their home states, the fear of a repeat of the Usman Danfodio Sokoto Jihad of the 17th century is eminent.
While that is still being discussed at the NASS and other levels, with some states already keying into it, while some have explained it as ‘ranching policy’ (wherever it is written in the 2016 budget that it is ranching), the Federal Executive Council in July 2016 approved a new agricultural policy.
In the new policy, farmers may have to pay for the Federal Government to provide them with security against intruders. The National Grazing Reserve Bill makes provisions for punishment against intruders into the area marked as the reserve. Adequate security will be provided with funding from the FG. As for the farmers (who are mostly minority ethnic groups) however, whose lands are going to be acquired for grazing with little or no compensation depending on whether they have title papers or not, they will have to pay for their own security.
A commentator refers to the security tax as Jizya which he describes as the Islamic protection tax payable by Christians and Jews in order for them not to be killed. It therefore means that Muslims will not pay, more so that they are mostly cattle herders and businessmen, not farmers.
Again, since only Christian communities have been experiencing large-scale attacks, only Christians will have to pay. However, there have been several attacks particularly in the Middle-belt where security personnel were indicted. This therefore leaves more questions than answers.
Meanwhile, thousands of students from various states in the north are currently running various programmes under government scholarship in Sudan and other eastern countries. Sudan alone had about 4000 students from Nigeria as at 2014.
A particular university in Sudan is reportedly owned by Nigerian government. Its main objective, just as many others is to train Muslim students from Nigeria to world class standards so that they can come and take over the productive sectors of the Nigerian economy.
One of the benefitting students revealed in confidence that all the students under such scholarships have a mandate to make 2.1 in their results. In time, the FG will pass a law to only recruit graduates with such certificates.
Those with lower certificates will thus be wiped out of the civil service and other sectors giving way to these top class international students of Muslim background. These revelations were recently corroborated by Borno State Government’s warning in May 2016 to some of its students studying medicine in Khartoum, Sudan, to brace up or have their scholarships withdrawn.
Recall that hundreds of service officers, believed to be majorly Christians were recently retired with more still on the line. A source in the Nigerian customs told our correspondent that a secret fund has been earmarked to be disbursed to Customs personnel who agree to join Islam. This set of people will not just access the fund but also have their files secured against any industrial action.
Many more heads of government agencies and parastatals are gradually being replaced by ‘Muslim appointees’. The easiest defense would always be as usual, “merit”. This is evident in the recent Ambassadorial nomination as well as the appointments made into various parastatals in the Ministry of Education.
For want of time and space, let us skip the discussions on the appointments, anti-corruption fight and response of the Buhari government to security issues in various parts of the country and review some of the purported objectives of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, formerly Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).
The organization founded on 25 September 1969 allegedly aimed to ensure only Muslims are elected to all political posts of member nations, eradicate in all its forms and ramifications all non-Muslim religions in member nations and ensure the ultimate replacement of all western forms of legal and judicial systems with the Sharia in all member nations. Equally, the organization has the mandate to ensure the appointment of only Muslims into strategic national and international posts of member nations.
“It is part of the history of Nigeria, that General Olusegun Obasanjo, as the successor of General Murtala had problems with pushing through the Islamization Plan. The believers in Murtala's Islamization plan in the Supreme Military Council – Shehu Yar'Adua, Babangida and Buhari were not powerful enough to push the plan through.
“They had problems with the avid defenders of the secularism in the Supreme Military Council led by the Service Chiefs – General T.Y. Danjunma (Army), Commodore Isa Doko (Airforce) and Rear Admiral Adelanwa (Navy),” Prof. Omo Omoruyi, Research Fellow, African Studies Center, Boston University observes.
Nigeria has remained a full-fledged member of the OIC since 1986 but has continued to be recognized globally as a secular state. Part of the conditions necessary for the full recognition of the country as a Muslim country is for the OIC charter to be implemented to a reasonable level which Nigeria has done with the appointments and other policies instituted by Buhari.
Other conditions are for the prospective member to have pro-Islamic words such as Sharia, Islam or Muslim mentioned 73 times in their constitution. Such words are already mentioned nearly 80 times in the Nigerian constitution while Christianity, Church or Christian is not mentioned at all. The OIC had been approached for the official conferment of the membership status on Nigeria given all of these indications but the exercise was placed on hold, sources say.
Now that Nigeria has fulfilled all the obligations to be absorbed into the Islamic League, there are rumours that the official declaration of the country as a Muslim state would be done on 1st October, 2016. This would be done alongside the official announcement of ‘economic recession’ which would pave way for international (Arab League) intervention.
Should the plans succeed, Nigeria would no longer tolerate the ‘freedom of religion’ enshrined in the constitution under the fundamental human rights as only Sharia might gain impetus.
How to avert this is not known. More so that when The Light Bearer posed a question on a possible Islamization move by President Buhari on the front page of its April 2016 edition, its worse criticisms came from the same people it aimed to enlighten.
No wonder, Abdul'rahman Mohammed, a ‘so-called’ Muslim – Christian convert wrote in one of his epistles, “Letter to the senseless Christians” that Muslims would not need to use a violent jihad to Islamize Nigeria. “Christians themselves will be used by Muslims to Islamize Nigeria,” he alarmed.
When people started speaking against ‘lopsided’ appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari, it was the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang, that dismissed the insinuations. However, out of the six appointees in the batch named by Buhari on August 27, 2015, Enang, who defended the lopsidedness, was the only one from the entire southern part of the country.
Again, when debates started arising following the perceived preference for the North to the South under the new administration later on, it was Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina that told the critics that persons appointed were appointed on ‘merits’ even though we have had ‘qualified’ ambassadorial nominees who could not sing the national anthem and recite the national pledge. Be that as it may, like Enang, Adesina was the only southerner in his own batch.
In the same vein, when the Aso Rock Chapel was shut down by Buhari, it was Pastor Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, the Vice President that explained it just as he was the one who announced the new price regime for Premium Motor Spirit that generated heated debate. Recall also that Kemi Adeosun has been the one defending every economic blunder on the part of Buhari just as Benue’s Audu Ogbe, the Agriculture Minister, and his Plateau State brother, Gov. Simon Lalong have been in the fore-front in the campaign for Grazing Reserves.
This is not to talk of the fact that it was Osibanjo that exonerated Buhari over the alleged Islamization agenda where he accused former President Goodluck Jonathan of being the first President to attend OIC meeting.
Perhaps the fear of losing their political privileges necessitated such defenses against obvious realities but how does one place the alleged dismissal of a Pastor by his General Overseer for producing an “offensive” audio material that sought to ‘expose’ the Islamization plot of Buhari prior to the 2015 elections?
Recall also that it was at an “Episcopal” Town Hall Conversation with representatives of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria in Abuja that the then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) got his biggest Christian endorsement.

There are so many more instances like that where those “willing tools” have effortlessly been used to defend any perceived anomaly. Thus, any preconditioned prejudice against this piece even from its headline could be understood, but as the scriptures say in Hosea 4:6, “my people perish for lack of knowledge.” A word is however enough for the wise.

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Plateau 2015: Mr. Connection, Mr. Activist or Mr. Institution?



By Masara Kim
The recent debate organized for the governorship aspirants in Plateau state really left me wondering if Plateau people are ever going to find it easy identifying the right candidate if the words of the aspirants are to be accorded priority.
Contrary to what I initially thought was going to be an opportunity for some people to silence some, I was out to understand that every politician seeking the seat of the governor in the 2015 elections is sound and prolific in presentation.
Needless to say that all of the three candidates from the ruling People's Democratic Party, Labour Party and the leading opposition party in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress have substantial knowledge of what governance is all about, and are all passionate about building a virile and prosperous Plateau State.
I particularly noted with keen interest the way and manner all of them spoke from varying experiences as far as politics is concerned, and their desire to see change in the coming years.
I equally was impressed with the way all of them identified some key lapses in the administrations of successive governments in the state, and ways to improve the lot of Plateau people.
For those that witnessed the debates live, particularly those that were at the conference hall of the Nigerian Film Institute, venue of the debate, the exercise was not just educative, but equally informative and entertaining.
There are indeed quite a number of issues that were hitherto unknown or unclear to me that the presentations of the candidates enlightened me about. This is in addition to the hilarious manner some of the candidates responded to some of the issues raised by both the moderator and the audience.
Of particular interest to me as an observer and participant was the attitude of the candidates during the debate. First of all, before the moderator raised the flag for the debates to begin, I think I saw palpable tension and apprehension of the unexpected on the faces of all the candidates. Aside the fact that none of them smiled within the first few minutes of their arrival, there was hardly a moment that any of them looked at the other person for up to two seconds.
Of course, they had a meeting with the organizers of the debate behind closed-doors shortly before the exercise. There, they must have been oriented on the rules for the game as well as the need for them to demonstrate togetherness and friendship on stage. Therefore, at least for the mere fact that they were being watched all over the place on the television, they ought to have even if just for the sake of it, behaved freely with one another. However, that was not what we saw.
In any case, that was not the main thing to note as the key reason for the gathering was to hear them speak. After their citations and the eventual commencement of the debate however, perhaps all of them forgot the number one rule of the exercise which was the need to observe time.
Only two minutes were allocated to each of them to respond to each of the main debate questions. The audience questions had one minute each for responses from the three candidates except for the first question which the moderator allowed two minutes each for the candidates.
One of the ways they all broke the rule of time was the preambles that preceded each of their answers. For Amb. Bagudu Hirse of the Labour Party, his opening words were mostly, “good question,” “well put,” or “thank you very much.”
For goodness sake time was going, and people only wanted to hear what they had to say about the issues raised in the questions. Of course most of the questions were (largely ‘how’), aimed at getting the strategies they would employ to tackle some of the issues. The former Nigerian envoy to Namibia however in my opinion made nonsense of himself on stage by also always attributing issues raised to his “7 point agenda” instead of straightforwardly answering the questions as raised.
For Barr. Simon Lalong of the APCs, perhaps he didn’t know he was too full of himself with the way he always made reference to his past achievements and how he already has everything mapped out. Although I adore his confidence, constantly referring to the past is purely a vain exercise for anyone who aims to move forward because not only do things change, the Lawyer was always caught by the time-keeper’s bell at the point he was to answer the question proper.
Sen. GNS Pwajok was yet another jokey who always had to make one philosophical statement or the other before properly answering the questions. For goodness sake your knowledge of the ‘book’ does not mean that you should always try to show yourself even when critical matters are at stake. Moreover, time was of paramount importance as far as the debate was concerned.
By and large, the debate was about the most interesting of such exercises ever organized in Nigeria as it gave me the opportunity to help Plateau people make informed decisions ahead of the polls. Since all of them were vibrant in their articulation of the issues raised thus creating an atmosphere for confusion as to whom to choose, perhaps by underscoring some of the personality traits exhibited by the trio in the cause of answering the questions would help.
First of all, it is pertinent to note that all of them spoke passionately with regards to the Plateau project. However, while one of them spoke like a public servant, one spoke like a campaigner as there still appeared the traits of an official in one of them.
While the public servant was more concerned with his reputation with the way he always played around some issues, the campaigner was always on the aggressive side. Though respectful, he was always confident about himself and critical of issues as officiated over by a certain administration. The official was more on the defensive side, always responding to issues in a way that tended to want to divert attention from the main issues.
The public servant spoke like an elder. He was slow but free in his presentation. He sounded well cultured, well travelled and well exposed. He was pragmatic and calculative in his arguments. He centered largely on policies as he however, imperceptibly hoped for the people’s endorsement to go in for the seat of the governor.
The campaigner attacked virtually every aspect of democracy within the past few years and hammered more on issues. He was however passionate and authoritative, cheerful and humorous, and yet stubborn and proud. He however sounded well experienced and knowledgeable in the affairs of the state, particularly the rural sector.
The official figure on his part was indeed prolific. He was articulate and fast enough to beat his timing. He spoke mainly based on ideas and professional experience. He was eloquent, intelligent, vast and well schooled in his disposition. His arguments however lacked substance as they only seemed to be aimed at appealing to the listening public and not aimed at enlightening the public on the policy thrust of his hopeful administration.
In summary, the February elections at the governorship level are largely a battle of the activists, the diplomats and the politicians on the Plateau. Whoever wins amongst these three however has the task of incorporating the other two into his programmes for the benefit of the state and I believe they can do it. This is because while the activist is concerned with his mandate, the diplomat is concerned about his reputation. Similarly, the politician is concerned about his career.
None of these can be achieved without hard work. Interestingly, all of the aspirants have an experience in government administration – Bagudu was Federal Commissioner and High Commissioner, Lalong a Speaker of the State Assembly and Chairman, Nigerian Conference of Speakers and GNS a Government Director General, Research and Documentation, Chief of Staff and a Senator.
Plateau people have nothing to fear because there exists nothing to lose whether or not the candidate of their choice wins. But the need to ensure that they make their votes count cannot be over-emphasized. Every party supporter has a duty to vote for his choice, protect the election materials and report any anomaly during and after the polls. The treaty for peace signed by the trio at the debate venue must also be respected. Every party loyalist must ensure that his party is not fingered as the first to break the peace agreement.
God bless Plateau State.