Nigeria: Why The Recession Hit So Hard And What We Can Change (READ)

Abuja is probabaly the worst-hit of Nigerian cities by this recession. It is only understandable: Abuja works at nothing but

Abuja is probabaly the worst-hit of Nigerian cities by this recession. It is only understandable: Abuja works at nothing but revels in wanton opulence, fed strictly from pens adding zeroes behind a whole number. It’s buildings are populated with straw companies gliding on patronage and privilege, not rights, merit and productivity. Most of its inhabitants are currently in what seems a state of disbelief, if not shock.

My son and I walked lazily to Sheraton two Saturdays ago and from the gate you got a surprise: no line of traffic! The lounge was empty as the car park was vacant. We sat in surprise at the little corners of decay creeping on the lounge, part of which was even poorly lit. Of course, even Maitama and Asokoro are wrapped in thick darkness these days at 8 pm if grid power fails.

I was surprised at the black silence I met in these desolate palaces. Everywhere signs hang on homes and high-rise office buildings begging for tenants. I called a number on one and the voice that answered said it was for sale: 3.6 billion, seven-story building with a footprint of about 250sqm. “I see”.

There is good hiding in evil and sometimes you don’t even have to look too deeply to see it. Too many wealth in Nigeria is strictly in figures without any underlying source or feeder spring. If you got your money through work and creativity; if they put you in a desert, you will still replicate the feat.

What is called a recession in regular economics is but a dethronement of false money, the overthrow of pretenders and wealth built with the tip of a pen so that reality and productivity can take over. It is an inevitable passage if nature is correctly programmed.

In a hilarious circle I was told about a typical Abuja moneybag whose fortune has now turned around. He was in money – and you know what I mean. In height of his affluence he collected two more wives to make a total of three. But the noose had been getting tighter and, all streams gone dry, he applied for a loan from a bank. Not so well exposed to the hazard of seeking credit from Nigerian banks, he was exceedingly positive he will soon be credited and so went with gusto to the manager’s office on an appointed day to get the final answer on his application.

When he was told that he had been turned down, he lost control of himself so completely that he pooped on himself right there in the bank. He was helped into the bathroom and offered a ton of tissues and when he had become manageable, they led him into a taxi and gave him a thousand naira to the bank’s happy ending of the personal tragedy.

The story teaches us that wealth without foundation will end in sudden failure. It is not only Abuja or the typical, overweight Nigerian big man, Nigeria itself is a victim of lazy wealth: oil is not a result of hard work or creativity. We don’t even as much as have local capacity to drill the oil! If we don’t build our economy by adding value through processing and developing our human resources, we won’t end up much better than that poor individual you just laughed at.”

It is time to start building real and sustainable wealth, enough of what used to be…The difference between the poor and rich nations is not the age of the nation. This can be demonstrated by countries like India and Egypt, which are more than 2000 years old and are still poor countries.

On the other hand, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which 150 years back were insignificant, today are developed and rich countries.

The difference between the poor and rich nation does not also depend on the available natural resources.

Japan has limited territory, 80%  mountainous, unsuitable for agriculture or farming, but is the second in worlds economy. The country is like an immense floating factory, importing raw material from the whole world and exporting manufactured products.

Second example is Switzerland, it does not grow cocoa but produces the best chocolates in the world. In her small territory she rears animals and cultivates the land only for four month in a year, nevertheless manufactures the best milk products. A small country which is an image of security which has made it the strongest world bank.

Executives from rich countries who interact with their counterparts from poor countries show no significant intellectual differences.

The racial or colour factors also do not evince importance: migrants heavy in laziness in their country of origin are  forcefully productive in rich European countries.

What then is the difference?

The difference is the attitude of the people, moulded for many years by education and culture.
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When we analyse the conduct of the people from the rich and developed countries, it is observed that a majority abide by the following principles of life:

1. Ethics, as basic principles.
2. Integrity.
3. Responsibility.
4. The respect for Laws and Regulations.
5. The respect from majority of citizens by right.
6. The love for work.
7. The effort to save and invest.
8. The will to be productive.
9. Punctuality.

In the poor countries a small minority follow these basic principles in their daily life.

We are not poor because we lack natural resources or because nature was cruel towards us.

We are poor because we lack attitude. We lack the will to follow and teach these principles  of working of the rich and developed societies.

WE ARE IN THIS  STATE  BECAUSE
WE WANT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE  OVER
EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE.

WE ARE IN THIS  STATE  BECAUSE
WE  SEE  SOMETHING  DONE  WRONG
AND SAY  – “LET IT BE”
WE  SHOULD  HAVE  A  SPIRITED MEMORY
AND  ATTITUDE…

ONLY THEN WILL WE BE ABLE TO CHANGE  OUR  PRESENT  STATE.

If you do not share this message, nothing is going to happen to you. Your prized animal is not going to die, you wont be sacked from your job, you wont be having bad luck for seven years, nor are you going to get sick.

But, if you love your COUNTRY, try and circulate this message so that as many people may read and see what our problems are and hopefully move to change themselves to change the country.

This article is circulating on social media platforms. Some attribute it to Usman Baffa Naseer. Email our editors if you know the origin of this article.

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Femi Aribisala: Kingsley Moghalu For President [MUST READ]

In just a few months, Nigerians go once again to the polls to choose our next president. This is the

In just a few months, Nigerians go once again to the polls to choose our next president. This is the opportunity we have to determine our destiny. It is a civic duty that comes only once every four years. Therefore, it must be entered into like a marriage; soberly and with full presence of mind.

Of those who have expressed interest in seeking our vote, one man stands head and shoulders above the rest. That man is Professor Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu.

Moghalu has what it takes to be Nigeria’s next president. He is experienced, but not antediluvian. He is young but not naïve. He is not a lackey of the old guard but not abhorrent to them. He has both a national and an international pedigree. Moreover, he is a visionary, very intelligent and highly driven. He is our very own Emmanuel Macron, a man destined to change the course of Nigeria’s political landscape.

Moghalu is our very own Emmanuel Macron, a man destined to change the course of Nigeria’s political landscape.

With Moghalu’s election as president, certain problems that have bedeviled us of recent will be things of the past. With President Moghalu, there will be no more apologetics for the murderous onslaughts of Fulani herdsmen. As a matter of fact, one of his cardinal policies is to increase the Nigeria Police from its measly 350,000 strength to 1.5 million.

With President Moghalu, there will be no more agitation for the dismemberment of Nigeria. Instead, his very election will heal our wounds and calm frayed nerves. What he proposes is a return to “true federalism.” Says Moghalu: “The political and constitutional structure of Nigeria affects its economic management, in our case in a very negative manner because the potential productivity of the country’s component regions and states is suppressed by the rent-seeking politics to control absolute power at the center and dispense patronage. This is part of why constitutional restructuring for a true federalism is essential.”

With President Moghalu, politics will not overshadow policy. Quoting John F. Kennedy, Moghalu insists: “Politics is too important to be left to the politicians.” He says: “It is time to act on the reality that Nigeria will not achieve economic development and transformation on the current trajectory of its politics. The present political leadership class simply does not have the skills and the background that are fit for purpose. Technocratically competent and visionary political leaders are what it will take to reposition the Nigerian economy for sustainable growth and transformation.”

Kingsley Moghalu first came on my radar when Financial Nigeria flew him to London in 2012 to deliver the keynote address at the Nigeria Development and Finance Forum (NDFF). Then, he presented a lucid paper entitled: “Prospects of Financial Stability in Nigeria and the Links to Economic Transformation.” A year later, I had the distinct privilege of being asked to review his book: “Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy’s Last Frontier Can Prosper and Matter;” a book that Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala describes as “a tour de force on Africa’s transformation.”

As I observed at the time, Moghalu’s Africa is quintessentially African. It is not borrowed. It is not a copycat. It is not stolen. It is not reliant on European blueprints or leftovers. It is endogenously African.

His siren is an African version of Obama’s “yes we can.” Yes, we can transform our economies within a generation. Yes, we can do it without undue reliance on foreign aid. Yes, we can create our own endogenous technology without relying on the pipe-dream of technology transfers. Yes, we can renovate, innovate, and modernize by forming a nexus between politics and economics.

But now, Moghalu’s focus is firmly trained on Nigeria. In a new book, launched just this February 2018, entitled: “Build, Innovate and Grow (BIG): My Vision for Nigeria;” Moghalu presents a blueprint for his bid for the presidency. This new book is quite simply a masterpiece of innovative ideas and policy prescriptions designed to renovate, re-build and grow our economy and polity.

What you get from Moghalu is not politics but policy. That is why he needs to stay well away from the PDP and the APC; odd-jobbers mired in politics without policy. Listen very carefully to the cacophonies emerging from these two major national parties at this crunch moment in our history, and you will discover that there is no policy debate whatsoever; just a bitter and vicious struggle for power and patronage that, in the APC especially, even results in killings and assassinations.

We have had enough of this. The time is long overdue for the likes of Kingsley Moghalu to engineer a hostile takeover of Nigerian politics at the ballot box. We need to forge a new departure. What we need are men and women like Kingsley Mogahalu up and down the ballot in order to build a new Nigerian political class, a new Nigerian political culture and a new Nigerian political future.

The Nigerian electorate must come of age. We cannot continue in the failed tradition of electing leaders who don’t have a clue what government entails in 21st century Nigeria. We need to admit that the failure of government in democratic Nigeria is a failure of the electorate. We have failed to put the right people into power. We have failed to apply wisdom in the voting booth. Instead, we have opted for the stolen-monied, the charlatan, the snake-oil salesmen, the smooth-talking babalawos, and the wise-cracking ethnic jingoists.

It is past time for something different; something avant-garde; something forward-looking; something innovative and imaginative. We need something not mired in the age-old ethnic diatribes, something with a new vision and perspective, something that harnesses the latent potentials of Nigeria into our very own Unbound Prometheus. Says Moghalu: “We must create a rising tide that lifts all boats, not just those of relatives and tribesmen and women.”

Our motto today should be out with the old: in with the young. Out with the politicians: in with the technocrats. Out with the primordial: in with the cutting-edge. Out with the ethnocentric and tribalistic: in with the inclusive and nationalistic.

Look around the world we are in today, the old is making way for the new. Look at the success-stories of the African continent and you will find men and women like Paul Kagame of Rwanda, and Ameena Gurib-Fakim of Mauritius. These are the beautiful ones the likes of whom are not yet born on the Nigerian political landscape. Look farther afield and you find dynamic men like Justin Trudeau of Canada, and Emmanuel Macron of France. That is the way of the world today that still remains anathema in Nigeria to our detriment.

Not anymore! Says Moghalu: “An economy cannot be managed to progress that is beyond the vision, capacity and competence of the political leadership, regardless of how many brilliant technical economists abound in a country. If the political leadership lacks vision, is venal and focused on other priorities, sound technocrats can’t achieve very much. Their full potential contribution will be suppressed by political decisions above them, usually taken in caucuses at night in places that are not offices.”

What this means is that Nigeria needs to leap-frog into the 21st century. Our persistence in recycling old cargoes must come to an end. We cannot afford to continue to elect abject failures in the hope that somehow, they will one day succeed. We can no longer afford to elect as president politicians who are sick and ailing. We don’t need famous men who specialize in doing nothing. This is the jet age and Nigeria is lagging too far behind. We must run much faster if we are ever to stand the chance of catching up. We have no business with “go-slow.”

Since our gerontocratic oligarchs have refused to go into voluntary retirement, let us throw them all a send-off party in the 2019 election. Let us elect a completely new slate of leadership more in tune with the yearnings of our 200 million population. With the Asian tigers already on the move, let us release the Nigerian cheetahs and the lions from the reservation. It time to renovate, innovate and be motivated. This giant called Nigeria must be woken up from its 60-year slumber.

With Moghalu, Nigeria will have a president bursting with ideas. Hear him: “The fundamental solutions to our crisis of economic growth and development lie in leadership. Not the politics-as-usual of the past, but a new kind of politics of ideas. It will take this kind of politics to produce the vision and political will to undertake the necessary economic and institutional reforms.”

“It will take this kind of politics to educate and mobilize ordinary Nigerians to new ways of economic transformation and their enlightened, collective self-interest in supporting the creation of a new economic paradigm that dramatically cuts down joblessness and poverty. It takes knowledge, which is the true wealth of nations, to even know where to begin, how to proceed, and the direction in which we should be headed.”

When was the last time you heard a speech by a Nigerian leader that was inspirational? My wife heard Moghalu speaking about his vision for Nigeria for the very first time and was mesmerized. “The man is impressive,” she concluded. This should come as no surprise. Moghalu has the pedigree and experience to bring a new dynamism to Nigerian leadership.

Over the years, he has been involved in academia, economic policy, banking and finance, entrepreneurship, and law and diplomacy. Among other things, he was a Professor of International Business and Public Policy at the prestigious Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA.

He was also Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 2009-2014, where he led in the execution of extensive reforms in the Nigerian banking system. Before these, he worked at the United Nations for 17 years, rising to the position of Director.

They thought George Weah could not win, but he is now the President of Liberia. They thought Emmanuel Macron did not have a chance, but he wiped the slate clean and became president of France with a brand-new slate of legislators.

If you are one of those doubting Thomases who thinks competent, honest and industrious men like Moghalu don’t stand a chance in Nigerian politics, just wait and see. As he continues to crisscross the country, holding town hall meetings, engaging the man-in-the-street and laying the foundation for a veritable political revolution, don’t be surprised when in February 2019, after the first run-off election in Nigeria’s political history, Kingsley Moghalu emerges as the new president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Femi Aribisala is an iconoclastic church pastor in Lagos. He is also a syndicated essayist for a handful publications in Nigeria. Connect with him on Twitter at @FemiAribisala and at his website, www.femiaribisala.com.

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Opinion: Jungles And Havens On Earth [MUST READ]

In Finland, the household’s that earn 2,900 euros/N1.23 million and below per month  are classified as poor households. In Israel, 

In Finland, the household’s that earn 2,900 euros/N1.23 million and below per month  are classified as poor households.

In Israel,  those households that earn less than $920/N330,000 per month net income after tax are classified as poor .

In these  two economies ( Israel and Finland) above with some of the best health care facilities and universal health insurance schemes that covers all citizens  irrespective of societal standings, basic  qualitative  education to secondary school level is free .

In Finland, you can acquire any level of education you desire  even if you don’t have money.  These are countries with world class infrastructure.  You don’t produce your own power , security,  road, water etc . You will never read anywhere in the pages of the newspapers or electronic media,  where the prime minister or Mayor of the states  or their foot soldiers bragged to be commanders of free and qualitative education or free qualitative  health care.

We are talking about truly free and qualitative  education  and health care systems that ranks amongst the best in the world and not like the  gboju gboju, the more you look,  the less you see antics we have here in Nigeria.

Imagine the VP bragging of providing some kwashiokored one meal per day to phantom 7.5m kids at school with N150 billion as his governance legacy and achievement.

In this climes, you can never read anywhere in the papers or view it on telly a mayor or President cutting tapes to commission new roads, or borehole or class room blocks with dancers and fanfare. Never

Tufiakwa . Chineke mere unu Ebere.

BUT here in the jungle called Nigeria,  those households on N330,000 to N1.2m gross income per month regard themselves as middle income or rich class. Even in the midst of this atrocious environment with absence of any basic infrastructure, poor health and education system, they  still parade themselves as big men and are not one bit offended so much by the rot in the land to stand up and say enough is enough.

THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I DAILY ADVOCATE FOR DIASPORA NIGERIANS TO BE ALLOWED TO VOTE. This is why I encourage them to come back home to participate in politics and help redefine/reshape the focus of our political discussion and themes.

An Igbo adage says that Onye njefu ije Ka Onye isi awo ihe Ama. Roughly translated as. He that is widely traveled and exposed to better environments is wiser than the Grey hair man in one corner of the jungle.

God help us

Nnaemeka Onyeka Obiaraeri is the managing director of Taurus Capital, He resides in Lagos Nigeria, You could reach him by email HERE

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Domestic Violence: A Cancer In Nigerian Homes, By Blessing Enenaite

Blessing Enenaite, a poet and activist, explores the subject of domestic violence and abuse, a disturbing trend in Nigerian households.

Blessing Enenaite, a poet and activist, explores the subject of domestic violence and abuse, a disturbing trend in Nigerian households.

Chukwuma was only two years old when he watched his parents in a brawl. And it became a norm which he could not control. During this period, Chukwuma would stare ridiculously whenever his parents fought. At times, Chukwuma will be in between his parents trying to separate them. But his attempt was always insignificant. On a regular basis, Chukwuma’s parents would engage in a free-for-all until neighbours separated them. It became a sort of free entertainment for our neighbourhood as most persons watched without separating the couple. Inasmuch as I was still young then, I assumed that what the couple did was not right.

“At least they should go into their room to fight na” Little me would say back then. Not as if fighting indoors was better, but I assumed it was less shameful. Little me!

Chukwuma’s father did not stop his habit of hitting his wife at every slightest provocation. And Chukwuma’s mother in turn dished out words which were characterized by crass vituperations. It became worse when Chukwuma’s mother was pregnant with her second child. She still received constant beatings to the glaring of onlookers. Chukwuma’s father blamed his wife’s sharp tongue for his actions. When it seemed that Chukwuma’s mother could not bear it again, she reported her husband’s constant assault to her brothers. The situation demanded a family meeting which saw that Chukwuma’s father was called to order. After the meeting, things changed for the better. Life became peaceful for the couple. Chukwuma later had a sister when his mother delivered Amarachi, her second child.

The story above is an explicit example of a woman who was a victim of domestic violence. She suffered for a certain period till she could not endure it anymore. With the intervention of her siblings, peace was restored in her home. Chukwuma’s mother might have survived her case of domestic violence but some have not been too lucky; for they could not stay alive to tell the story.

I have heard of countless cases of domestic violence and I am perplexed by its continuous re-occurrence. Most times, it happens that the suspect would not be thought of to have such tendencies to commit the act. And still, we would go on and on to condemn one more act too many.

It is pertinent to note that women are not the only victims of domestic violence. Despite that, we cannot rule out the fact that women, most times, are at the receiving end. Having said that, what could be the reason for domestic violence? Can we ascribe it to jealousy? Adultery? Bad temper? Upbringing? Low self esteem? Intolerance? Or perhaps incompetency? I think the answer hovers around all these points mentioned in question mark.

A bad temper is usually blamed for an act of domestic violence. Jealousy can drive an individual to a point that he exhibits characters that will be flawed. Adultery can also be a major cause of domestic violence. In addition, low self esteem cannot be ruled out. Stating these facts does not justify the act itself. What about the upbringing of an individual? Cases as that of Chukwuma who grew up watching his parents who were supposed to be his models, exchange words and throw punches, obviously saw it as a normal thing. Until he grows up and unlearn what he has learnt as a child, that memory would serve as a yardstick for his attitudes in life.

I may not be elaborate enough as I try to explain what causes domestic violence. There are so many reasons and its effect in a home actually varies. It can lead to a broken home, children being affected psychologically and low self esteem taking residence in the affected individual.

Blessing Enenaite
Blessing Enenaite

Domestic violence should not be encouraged in any way. No excuse should be given for it. Evidently, it has led to the death of many. The sad case of Ronke Bewaji Shonde is one too many.

So many persons are suffering in silence. While some women are still suffering in silence, most women are now speaking up. It is not African that a man should beat his wife. It does not show his manliness or his sense of worth and authority in his home. Instead, it reduces him into a coward who cannot handle issues without resorting to using his physical strength against a woman. I dare say that some of those men who engage in this ugly act cannot even stand their fellow men in a free-for-all

Domestic violence is a plague that is becoming too rampant in our society. Some things can be controlled and one of them is domestic violence. No matter what your upbringing may be, or the wrong your partner might have done to you, domestic violence can never be the way out. You are causing physical havoc which leads to a greater havoc in your victim’s health, emotional and psychological state. Whatever reasons that makes it to be committed will also spring forth negatively in many diverse ways. Domestic violence does not solve problems. Hence, let it be eschewed before it does more damage to our society.

Prevention entails supporting the implementation of the agreed conclusions of the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) that placed a strong focus on prevention through the promotion of gender equality, women’s empowerment and their enjoyment of human rights.

Blessing Enenaite is a business administration graduate from Delta State University, Abraka. She is a writer who strives on creativity. The recipient of BN Blog’s Young Poet Of The Year Award 2016, Blessing is determined to scale heights in her quest to become a great writer. You can reach her by email HERE.

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Femi Fani-Kayode: The Sons Of Satan And The Seed Of Beelzebub – Part 1 [MUST READ]

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, Morning Star, Son of the Dawn! How art thou cut down to

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, Morning Star, Son of the Dawn! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”- Isaiah 14.12.

On 4th May 2018 Mr. Layefa Walter wrote the following:

“Please don’t forgot that it was under Buhari’s watch that Nigeria dropped a bomb on refugees at an Internally Displaced People’s (IDP’s) camp in Rann, Borno State and called it a “regrettable operational mistake.” That mistake killed about 250 people. Yes, 250 unarmed Internally displaced people were killed.

Don’t forget that it was under the command of President Buhari that over 400 unarmed Shiites were killed by the Nigerian military. Yes, over 400 unarmed Shiites were killed.

Don’t forget that it was under the supervision of President Buhari that over 300 unarmed IPOB “members” were killed by the Nigerian military. Yes, over 300 unarmed IPOB members killed.

Buhari is a thieving and lying mass murderer: a President who superintendents over the killings of his own citizens. It is a shame!”

Mr. Walter is absolutely right.

And in case anyone is still in any doubt about just how bad things are I urge them to watch a video that went viral on the internet two days ago showing a group of violent and battle-hardened Fulani herdsmen and terrorists in Church choir robes dancing, celebrating and making mockery of Christians whilst brandishing AK47’s in the Church premises after they had slaughtered 2 Catholic clerics and 20 parishioners in Benue State last month.

This is indeed a graphic depiction and an eloquent testimony of a sign of the times. Simply put, we are in a mess.

Meg Barn hit the nail on the head when she said,

“The bitter truth is that Buhari is suffering from bipolar disorder which makes him errorneously believe that he is Nigeria’s Messiah in the day time while at night he is Usman Danfodio fighting a Jihad to complete the work Danfodio could not complete. Buhari is a dangerous psychopath mistakening Nigeria for the 18th century and he’s a re-incarnatiion of another psychopath called Usman Dan Fodio. Impeach Buhari, get him to resign or vote him out! Do what you must but this must be his last tenure”.

Her analysis and conclusions are as apt as they are insightful.

I saw all this coming in 2015 and I warned the nation but sadly few would listen. A few key figures in President Goodluck Jonathan’s government and a handful of others at the highest level of the then ruling party, the PDP, felt that I was going too far.

They were uncomfortable with the fact that I was prepared to speak the bitter truth about Buhari.

Their view was that he was not as bad as I claimed and that he ought to be treated with kid gloves. How wrong they were!

Others made the same mistake in 2016 when they brought the demon called Ali Modu Sheriff to lead our party and I kicked against it. Once again, to their utter shock and chagrin, I was proved right.

The fact of the matter is that the difference between yours truly and others is that I have foresight, insight and the gift of discernment whilst most of them do not. Unlike them, I move in the prophetic. It is a gift from God.

I can see and smell the evil in people long before others do and long before he or she shows their true colours. It is a gift from the Holy Spirit.

That is why I fought so hard and with so much passion against Buhari in 2015 during the presidential election. I was not just fighting for Jonathan but also for my people including the Christians, the Middle Belters and the southerners.

I was fighting for the hundreds of thousands of lives and souls that I knew would be killed and would perish under Buhari if he managed to win power.

I was fighting for the future and soul of our beloved country Nigeria because I had been to the mountain-top and I saw what Buhari had purposed to do.

Yet many, even from our own side during the presidential campaign, sought to rubbish me, discredit me and undermine me and they laughed my passion and zeal to scorn.

Now they know better and they are not laughing anymore. They stopped laughing three months after Buhari was sworn in!

They stopped laughing after he showed his true colors, exposed his fangs and bit them in their soiled posteriors. And they have been living in trepidation and suffering from a Buhari-induced trauma ever since!

Yet the truth is that they have not seen anything yet. The wickedness, persecution, mass murder, violation of civil liberties and human rights, graft, theft, selective justice, ethnic cleansing, genocide, oppression and tyranny that we have witnessed and experienced from Buhari over the last three years is childs play when compared to what he purposes to do to Nigeria and to his perceived enemies if he manages to come back in 2019.

Those that were not comfortable with my approach in 2015 are now crying under their beds like babies and hiding in their wardrobes like the cowards that they are as a conseqience of the calamitious evil that has befallen the entire country.

They don’t talk anymore and they dare not publicly criticise the government out of fear for their lives, safety and liberty.

They cringe, tremble, quiver, beg and crawl on their knees as Buhari and his goons kill our people, terrorise our citizens, burn our Churches, murder our priests, slaughter our women and butcher our children.

They shiver and pray fervently as Buhari maligns and hunts down members of the opposition and bays for the blood of his detractors and perceived enemies like a ravenous beast.

Today they are paying the price for refusing to fight and oppose evil three years ago.

And the bitter truth is that Buhari never came to govern or to lead Nigeria: he came to torment her. Like the devil, he came to kill, steal and destroy. He came to enslave and to demonise.

He came to uproot and to decimate all that is good, clean, decent, edifying and wholesome.

He came to divide Nigeria on regional, ethnic and religious lines.

He came to promote and provoke havoc until we end up being catapulted into a long, cruel, barbaric, horrendous, fratricdal and devastating civil war that will soak our nation from top to toe in blood and turn the entire west-African sub-region into a cauldron of fire.

That is Buhari’s mission and the demons around and within him are lusting and craving to usher in that unprecedented bloodfest and that era of carnage and destruction.

I say shame on all those, particularly the Christians, that encouraged and supported him to come to power.

They must share part of the blame for the great calamity that has befallen our country over the last three years because they supported and prayed a hungry, vengeful, blood-lusting and bitter wolf into the chicken coup in 2015.

They also handed the keys of our national treasury to a certified and trigger-happy armed robber that thrives on giving the world the impression that he is an angel.

The truth is that Buhari did not come to govern. He came to punish the Nigerian people, to destroy his many detractors, to Islamise Nigeria and to entrench, enshrine and establish Fulani supremacy, hegemony and power in perpetuity.

In 2015 everyone in the north knew what he stood for and what he intended to do with power. Worse still they knew what he and his supporters felt about Christians, Middle Belters and southerners because during the presidential election campaign itself they did not hide it.

Anybody, whether Christian or Muslim, that was not prepared to support his candidacy and instead opted to support Jonathan was labelled as a “kaffir”, an “arne”, an “unbeliever”, a “heretic” and a “filthy traitor to Islam” who “hated Muslims and the Muslim cause”.

They said this over and over again from political podium to political podium, from mosque to mosque, from village to village and from town to town all over the north.

Hardest hit and most insulted were the Muslim core northerners who heroically rose above primordial sentiments and supported Jonathan simply because they felt that he was the better man, regardless of his Christian faith and despite the fact that he came from the south.

Buhari’s supporters disdainfully referred to such selfless and patriotic northern progressives and enlightened thinkers as “pastors” even though they knew that they were practising and devout Muslims. They regarded these profoundly good men and women as nothing more than blacklegs and traitors to the northern cause.

This was sad and unfortunate but worse of all was the fact that few were prepared to challenge them and their primitive and myopic world-view, their unacceptable sentiments and beliefs and their irresponsible and dangerous rhetoric.

And to reiterate the point some of Buhari’s supporters articulated what has come to be known and recognised as the ‘Buhari doctrine’ in a way that Buhari himself could not openly and publicly do.

For example let us consider the words of Aliyu Ismaila Gwarzo, a well-known and respected Buhari supporter and a core northern Muslim from Kano.

On October 2nd 2014 he said the following:

”When I say that the Presidency must come to the north next year I am referring to the Hausa-Fulani core north and not any northern Christian or Muslim minority tribe. The Christians in the north such as the Berom, the Tiv, the Kataf, the Jaba, the Zuru, the Sayyawa, the Bachama, the Jukun, the Idoma, the Burra, the Kilba, the Bachama, the Mbula, and all the others are nothing and the Muslim minorities in the north including the Kanuri, the Nupe, the Igbira, the Babur, the Shuwa Arabs, the Marghur, the Bade, the Bura, the Igalla, the Zerma, the Bariba, the Gbari, the Gwari and all the others know that when we are talking about leadership in the north and in Nigeria, Allah has given it to us, the Hausa-Fulani.

They can grumble, moan and groan as much as they want but each time they go into their bedrooms to meet their wives and each time they get on their prayer mats to begin their prayers, it is we the Fulani that they think of, that they fear, that they bow to and that they pray for.

Some of them are even ready to give us their wives and daughters for one nights sport and pleasure. They owe us everything. This is because we gave them Islam through the great Jihad waged by Sheik Uthman Dan Fodio. We also captured Ilorin, killed their local King and installed our Fulani Emir. We took that ancient town away from the barbarian Yoruba and their filthy pagan gods.

We liberated all these places and all these people by imposing Islam on them by force.

It was either the Koran or the sword and most of them chose the Koran. In return for the good works of our forefathers Allah, through the British, gave us Nigeria to rule and to do with as we please. Since 1960 we have been doing that and we intend to continue. The Igbo tried to stop us in 1966 and between 1967 and 1969 they paid a terrible price.

They were brought to heel and since then they have been broken. No Goodluck or anyone else will stop us from taking back our power next year. We will kill, maim, destroy and turn this country into Africa’s biggest war zone and refugee camp if they try it. Many say we are behind Boko Haram. My answer is what do you expect? We do not have economic power or intellectual power. All we have is political power and they want to take even that from us. We must fight and we will fight back in order to keep it. They have brought in the infidels from America and the pigs from Israel to help them but they will fail. The war has just begun, the Mujahadeen are more than ready and by Allah we shall win.

If they don’t want an ISIS in Nigeria then they must give us back the Presidency and our political power. Their soldiers are killing our warriors and our people every day but mark this: even if it takes one hundred years we will have our revenge. Every Fulani man that they kill is a debt that will be repaid even if it takes 100 years. The Fulani have very long memories”.

Gwarzo spoke the mind of millions of hardline conservative Fulani Muslims and reflected the thinking of Buhari and those in his inner circle. This was an excellent enunciation of the Buhari agenda and doctrine. As the British would say, he was “spot on”.

Sadly in 2015 few were prepared to stand up to this irritating and insidious nonsense.

Worse still even fewer were prepared to fly the flag of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ into battle and stand up and speak for the Ancient of Days, the Lord of Hosts, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and the King of Kings in Nigeria.

As MC Holyman rightly wrote, “what is happening today in Nigeria is a well organised jihad which was planned a long time ago”.

And what we are witnessing today are the fruits of that evil agenda. Consider the following:

On 26th March 2018, Badu Salisu Ahmadu, President of the Fulani Nationality Movement (FUNAM) said,

“The time for half measure is not now. Fulani all over are being killed and massacred. In Mambilla, over 1000 Fulani were killed in cold blood…We call on all Fulani to prepare for the Jihad. This is the basis of the anger of the poor people in the north against their political leaders.They are angry that instead of defending the Fulani, they are busy supporting those against Fulani, wining and dining with infidels”.

What more evidence do we need of the insatiable appetite for violence and unconciable bloodlust of these demons in human flesh?

These are indeed the sons of satan and the seed of Beelzebub.

These are indeed the disciples of Lucifer and the servants of the Prince of Hell. (TO BE CONTINUED).

Femi Fani-Kayode is a lawyer, a Nigerian politician, an evangelical christian, an essayist, a poet and he was the Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to President Olusegun Obasanjo from July 2003 until June 2006. He was the minister of culture and tourism of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from June 22nd to Nov 7th 2006 and as the minister of Aviation from Nov 7th 2006 to May 29th 2007. He runs a syndicated column on The Trent. He tweets from@realFFK.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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Buhari: A Cat That Can’t Kill Any Mice (READ)

I actually do believe the men in PDP, to an extent, destroyed the country in the 16 years of that

I actually do believe the men in PDP, to an extent, destroyed the country in the 16 years of that party’s rule. And I use “men” advisedly. However, the question that has never been answered, or perhaps has never been asked at all, is: what of the non-pdp states, how did they fare those 16 years? were there reinvented into el-dorado then, or have they evolved into gold-paved cities today? I mean the ANPP, AD, AC, CPC, Labor Party, APGA and ACN states. Did they utilize resources shared to them any better? Did they steal any less?

Perhaps, it might just be that the narrative of corruption in Nigeria is not a PDP issue after all. If it were, Obanikoro would be in jail today. But he is not. He is in APC, which is a jail of some sort, a jail for the soul rather than the body, except that healthy doses of champaign and generous portions of chicken and caviar are served, rather than the usual measly rounds of prison broth. He was once declared wanted by this government for stealing billions. He fled into exile. Came back, joined APC, and attained Nirvana. What a miracle.

I’ve come to that inescapable conclusion that “party” is nothing, gentlemen. What is important is that the cat catches mice. I won’t be bothered if it’s a white cat or a black cat. Once it catches mice, ill cue under rain or shine to print my thumb on the ballot, in affirmation of his ascendency.

However, it won’t be like 2015. If you come to me claiming to be a cat that catches mice, you will show me a dead mouse with your imprint on it. No, you will not steal another cat’s kill and present it as your quarry. Then you’ll bare your claws. We’ll have to see claws to believe you are a cat. No excuses that you just had pedicure or manicure. You will show us proper, homegrown claws. Then you’ll show me your whiskers. You can’t be a cat without whiskers. Ill count them myself. Twelve on each cheek.

And then you’ll meow to my hearing. A distinct feline meow it must be. And no. Coughs will not pass for meows this time around, as it did in 2015.

In other words, you’ll be completely and properly tested by the electorate, before you are elected, not after. You see, we need men of character, of proven integrity, regardless of party. Not in the mold of Buhari, who would stretch out his hands to receive Switzerland’s refund of “Abacha’s loot”, whereas just a few years ago, he himself had denied that Abacha stole a penny from public treasury. Till date, I can’t connect the lines. Brazen double speak.

We don’t need a bipolar personality, who will deny allegations that he is sick, afflicted by prostrate cancer, on the eve of election, only to win and then spend the entire administration abroad treating this same sickness, using public funds. And then funny fellows with bequeathed internet connections, came up with the excellent narrative that he’d been poison with cancer. Poisoned with cancer? That story circulated for a while, with measured aggression, because the purveyors believed not one Nigerian went to school, and would swallow it hook-line-and-sinker. We are all stupid, aren’t we? And did this man not also say he would never seek treatment abroad, if elected? Aha, this promise, as with a thousand others, have been kept…in the breach.

No. We do not need a person who would insist, and even swear on oath, that he has some certificate but when sued to produce it by a young, daring lawyer, promptly proceeds to hire the very best SANs in the entire country, over 10 in number, to file objections to the Suit, preferring to argue jurisdiction rather than file a simple affidavit exhibiting the certificate or a CTC of it, in order to finally lay that issue to rest and save the face of those who innocently staked their name and blood in defense of his touted “integrity”.

Why all the fancy footwork, when a singular erect posture would have sufficed? Does integrity no longer mean rectitude?

And he also said he is a “converted democrat.” So, why is Nigeria sliding into absolute tyranny, under your watch? Why are Court orders flouted at will? Why are people arrested and detained perennially, without trial? Why are those who speak against your government hounded by security operatives?

Why?
Is this what I voted for?
Pure, unadulterated, inner-belly deceit!!
Enough of the games with Nigeria’s destiny!!!
Another Buhari cannot befall us in 2019.

Fidel Albert, a Lagos based legal practitioner, and a known Buharist has written this on his Facebook page.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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Benue Killings; Why Ndigbo Should Worry, By Charles Ogbu [MUST READ]

That the non-Caliphate rest of Nigerians are currently witnessing an undeclared war being waged on them by the #ScionsOfDanfodio is

That the non-Caliphate rest of Nigerians are currently witnessing an undeclared war being waged on them by the #ScionsOfDanfodio is not in doubt.

This war is full-scale jihad. And the aim is to kill, maim, conquer and enslave the non-Caliphate rest of Nigeria in furtherance of the dream of Danfodio. These are issues that are beyond argument.

That the Nigeria govt and all her security apparatus are criminally complicit in this moral tragedy is an open secret. This was the sole reason Buhari spent 12 years seeking power. Nothing more. This was the sole reason he handed virtually all the security agencies to his fellow ArewaNorthern irredentists.

The question is, how come everyone including all the Generals are playing the spectators while this evil man is carrying on with his agenda?

How come all that CAN can do after these jihadists killed two Reverend fathers is call for protest?

How come a whole retired General like TY Danjuma can only talk and say the same thing we all have been saying for ages about the involvement of the military in this jihad??

Now let me go home:

Ndigbo,

do you realize that after Benue na we??

Do we have a TY Danjuma that will at least publicly call out the Jihadist govt??

Do we have leaders that will stand by and with the people the way Governor Ortom stood by and with his people??

Do we have youths that are emotionally mature enough to understand the need to keep their differences with the political class apart and join hands to ward off these Barbarians??

Do we have a people that will realize the need to first chase the Fox away before blaming mother hen for taking her chicks too far into the bush.

WE DON’T!

And this should worry every Igbo man/woman.

This unending fight between Igbo youths and their leaders/elders need to be suspended for now. This current Jihad poses a grave existential threat to all of us, especially Ndigbo. If we don’t quickly put an end to this our fight and put our house in order, we will all die one by one!

I know some of you will come here and start pointing fingers. Please don’t. If we want to point fingers, trust me, there are enough fingers to go round.

Confronting Buhari brothers and their angel of death should be of utmost priority.

As a country, Nigeria will break under the weight of its internal contradiction. The Danfodios will see to that through their murderous indiscretions.

Question is,

With this current rift between our youths and their leaders/elders, are we really ready to handle our home assuming Nigeria were to break up this very minute????

Every true Igbo son/daughter should be thinking of closing this gap. It has made us a laughing stock for far too long. Our words and actions should be geared towards closing this unhealthy gap between the Igbo masses and the Igbo leadership collective.

Buhari brothers are coming. They are here already. And if we don’t put our house in order, death will be too kind a fate to befall us.

A wise man prepares for war in time of peace.

Charles Ogbu is a social media activist who contributes articles to The Trent. Connect with him on Facebook.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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Buhari In US: Open Letter To President Trump – By Annkio Briggs [MUST READ]

Dear President Trump, We send you greetings from the Creeks, Swamps, Mangroves, and Rivers of the Niger Delta Region, on

Dear President Trump,

We send you greetings from the Creeks, Swamps, Mangroves, and Rivers of the Niger Delta Region, on the platform of the Niger Delta Self- Determination Movement, NDSDM.

The first time we wrote an open letter to sir was after you won the elections in 2016 We wrote to congratulate and the Republican Party for winning the election of 2016.

We took that opportunity to bring to your attention the plight of the Niger Delta people, and the concerns, in-fact fear that we had at the emergence of President a retired General of the Nigerian Army.

Between your inauguration in 2017 and April 30, 2018, a lot of undemocratic events have occurred in Nigeria.

We will try not to take you through historical education of Nigeria as you no doubt have all you need to know about Nigeria a 104-years-old country created by Lord Lugard on (January 22, 1858- April 11, 1945) who amalgamated the Northern and Southern Protectorate who had nothing in common by culture, religion or language.

Please allow us to mention a few anti-human rights and undemocratic acts, and crimes against humanity that has taken place in Nigeria, particularly in the Middle Belt states which are majorly Christian states, and known as the food basket of Nigeria.

Thousands of Christians, men, women, youths, children and old people, are victims of the Fulani herdsmen, that President Buhari, the Federal Government, the Military have unbelievably identified as non-Nigeria Fulani herdsmen who they claim were trained and armed by the late and former President of Libya, Gaddafi.

The worst of the pogrom and genocide has taken place in Taraba, Benue, Adamawa, Kaduna and Plateau States. The victims of the slaughter are 95 percent Christians.

Christians of the South of Nigeria and specifically of the oil and gas-rich Niger Delta region that is undeveloped, neglected and oppressed we are very concerned for our survival today and the future of our children tomorrow.

In 2017 on the day of your inauguration youths of IPOB, a nonviolent organization of the people of Igbo nation also referred to as Ndigbo and of the South East political zone of Nigeria whose leader is Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who has not been seen or heard of since October 2017 when the Nigeria Military invaded his home and community. His parents have also not been seen.

This group went on a celebration and a congratulatory procession on the day of your inauguration, they were not armed yet a number of them were shot and killed in broad daylight and cold blood and a lot more arrested and still been held.

The Nigeria army occupied the South Eastern states, the states of the Igbo nationality. During the occupation of the South Eastern states in an operation the military called ‘Operations Python Dance’ the military have been accused of torture and extrajudicial killings.

The Fulani herdsmen who are of the same Ethnic group and religion as the President get away with indiscriminate attacks and horrific killings against Christians.

In this year 2018 from January 1, 2018, to April 20, 2018, over 2000 Christians across the Middle Belt particularly in Benue and Taraba States.

Mr. President Nigeria is a secular Country, Nigeria is not an Islamic Nation, if a credible census is undertaken in Nigeria it is more likely than not that Christians are more than Muslims yet at no time in the history of Nigeria’s 104 years have Christians persecuted Muslims like the extreme movement of Muslims/Islam have persecuted Christians.

If Christians will not be left to live at peace to practice our faith freely in our Country Nigeria then we desire a referendum to be conducted amongst the Ethnic Nationalities across Nigeria especially in the Christian South and Middle Belt to determine if we want to stay in Nigeria that persecute us for our religion and faith or separate from Nigeria.

In the past 4 weeks, Christians in the majorly Christian states of the North East Christians are leaving their communities abandoning their ancestral homeland in droves, Christians are daily becoming refugees in their own God-given land.

Thousands of Churches have been burnt and destroyed in the past 3 years. Pastors and Priests male and female are killed and beheaded.

There is a lot bitterness and discontent from the Middle Belt to the South of Nigeria, there is a great sense of disappointment and lack of confidence in the Federal Government as lead by President Buhari.

In the Niger Delta the region that owns the oil and gas resources exploited by the International Oil Companies, and the Federal Government, the Ethnic Nationalities of the Niger Delta region are occupied by the military and the special force set up especially for the Niger Delta region because of our oil and gas resources.

Despite the United Nations Report on the devastating and unacceptable levels of poisonous pollution in our drinking water, air, fish and farm our people especially our youths are oppressed, occupied by the Military and kept for years in jails without trial.

A few weeks ago Retd. Gen. T Y Danjuma a former Army Staff and Defense Minister a respected military insider, a Christian of Taraba State of the North East accused the Nigeria military of turning the other way (purposefully turning a blind eye) while the killings of Christians by the fourth deadliest terror organization in the world according to Global Terrorism Index kill, and terrorize the people who are mainly Christians.

These accusations against the Nigeria Government and the Nigeria Military should be investigated by the neutral UN as what is going on in Nigeria is genocide, pogrom, ethnic and religious cleansing.

Nigeria between 1967 and 1970 have fought a civil war that claimed more than 2 million lives of mainly the people of the Igbo Ethnic Nationality, including other Ethnic Nationalities of the Eastern Region of Nigeria.

The massacre of Christians in Nigeria is spreading and we are worried that they aim to attack the three regions of Southern Nigeria (17 states).

This ongoing threat against Christians especially the oil and gas-rich Niger Delta region has the potential of breaking into a full-scale war.

This will be horrendous and uncontrollable not only for Nigeria but for West Africa, the Gulf of Guinea, and the entire African continent affecting the economy and all other security interests the world especially the USA and Europe has in Africa.

This will be the biggest disaster after the 2nd World War.

Nigeria is a complex country and the complexity is very volatile.

The threat to democracy and the suspicion we have in the Oil and Gas producing region is that the 2019 elections will not be free and fair.

This is another major area of concern as the people of the Niger Delta of Nigeria will not accept results of any elections that disregards the democratic will of the people by imposing a governor or other politically elected officials such as the Senators, National Assembly and House of Representatives Members of the choice by what we in Nigeria refer to as the Political Mafia or Political Cabal.

We are aware, sir, that in the past few days leading up to this meeting you initiated that Nigerians and friends of Nigeria all over the world and from Nigeria have called into a special telephone line of the White House to express our concerns, fears, hopes, and expectations to you.

We hope that as a world leader and believer you will shift the messages and act on them as Mr. President our very lives, existence and future depends on what you do or don’t do.

We are most encouraged by what God has used you to achieve in the situation of North and South Korea, by God’s grace and wisdom you will be able to keep Nigeria from imploding and affecting not only Africa disastrously but indeed the world at large.

This impending disaster will affect Europe and the United States of America and the world at large.

Niger Delta Self Determination Movement, NDSDM, is a non-violent organization of the numerous Ethnic Nationalities of the Oil and Gas Region of Niger Delta.

We desire nothing less than Peace, Liberty, Equity, and Justice.

We are available anytime, anywhere to truthfully and fearlessly present out case.

Annkio Briggs is a daughter, servant, and respected leader of the Niger Delta. She is a leading voice in the struggle for human rights and environmental justice in the oil-rich region. Connect with her on Facebook

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. 

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The Problem With Us Nigerian Northeners [MUST READ]

The Yoruba Council of Elders is right that Nigeria’s biggest security problems are concentrated in the North and these problems

The Yoruba Council of Elders is right that Nigeria’s biggest security problems are concentrated in the North and these problems are draining the country’s resources.

Are the Boko Haram terrorists not Northerners, mainly from the Northeast?

Is religious violence not concentrated in the North?

Are Muslim fanatics that attack Churches and loot Igbo shops in the name peaceful protests not Northerners?

Are these mobs that extra-judicially lynch non-Muslims for alleged blasphemy not Northerners?

Do Yoruba Muslims take the laws into their own hands by lynching others for alleged blasphemy?

Don’t the Southwest have Muslims?

Why are they not behaving violently in the name of religion?

Why is religious extremism and violence concentrated in the North?

Are the violent Fulani bandits not Northerners?

If you argue that the violent herdsmen are foreigners, then why are foreigners claiming right to grazing land in Benue State by violent means, which led to introduction of anti grazing laws?

Are the notorious ethnic militias that murder children and pregnant women not Northerners?

While the Niger Delta leaders have always played active roles in the achievement of peace by talking their youths out of violence, why have the Borno Elders, the ACF, the Northern Elders Forum and others failed to play any effective role in ending the violence that engulfs the North?

These Northern groups are more active in terms of calling for the return of political power to the North and retaining power than in ending the violence for which the region become notorious.

In May 2014, when former President Jonathan offered amnesty to the Boko Haram terrorists, what efforts did these Northern leaders make to give the initiative a fillip? , Virtually nothing.

Instead, they were accusing Jonathan of being behind Boko Haram to “depopulate” the North for the so-called political advantage.

When the late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua offered amnesty to the Niger Delta militants, the leaders of oil producing region had proved their relevance and influence by persuading their youths out the violent agitations.

Not only that, they also persuaded their boys to lay down their arms and they did and peace returned to the region.

Instead of giving Jonathan’s amnesty offer for Boko Haram a push, Northern leaders were living in denial about the reality of the terror group being a Northern problem, despite the fact that Kanuri boys dominate the membership of the gangs of mass murderers.

In fact, some even ridiculously believed that it was a CAN agenda to destroy or eliminate Muslims, despite the fact that Boko Haram suicide bombers were targeting Churches almost every week or day.

The so-called Borno Elders were busy playing politics with the issue while the monster was getting stronger and crueller.

The problem with us Northerners is that we don’t want to acknowledge the reality of the problem on our hands.

We always look for excuses to comfort ourselves, from religious fundamentalism, violent extremism and the menace of the herdsmen. Instead of taking a stand against these evil realities.

If you say herdsmen are not Nigerians, why should foreigners claim a right to land in Benue State or anywhere else, and kill farmers that resist their encroachment?

There are Fulanis in Mali, Chad, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Niger Republic and other parts of Africa.

Why are not engaged in the massacre of the people in those places?

If they are obeying the law elsewhere, why are they behaving with impunity in Nigeria?

We should not allow murderers to ruin our peace and peaceful coexistence because of ethnic, cultural, and linguistic affinity.

Nobody will come from another place to solve these problems for us.

It is our baby, we must deal with it, it is time for action.

It is time Northerners spoke with one voice over these evils that have blighted the progress of Northern Nigeria, a region that ranks lowest on the ladder of the development index.

The Truth is bitter but is better it is said as its were.”

Na-Allah Mohammed Zagga is a Media consultant with Atiku Media Organisations, He is based in Abuja, Nigeria, you could also reach him on Facebook.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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The Horrible Racist Way Facebook Treats Black Owned Businesses [MUST READ]

Years ago, when I chose to leave my post as a Finance professor at Syracuse University, it was easy to

Years ago, when I chose to leave my post as a Finance professor at Syracuse University, it was easy to see that social media was the wave of the future.  So, like any other guy trying to save the world, I dove right into the social media platforms that only my students seemed to understand.

I’m a pretty fast learner (being a professor and all), and I found myself marveling at all of the possibilities around us that we could only dream about as children.

Since my launch into social, I’ve posted thousands of times, reached millions of people, taught finance to people around the world and built a company (Boyce Watkins Enterprises) that feeds quite a few people from my community.  But I have to say that much of our success was IN SPITE of Facebook, rather than because of it.  This digital bully has been nothing short than a royal pain in the a**.

Like myself, most online business owners have a love-hate relationsihp with Facebook.  The reactions can go from jubilation and curiosity to fear, despair and outright devastation.   One day, Facebook is the most beautiful thing in the world, and the next day, it makes you feel like you’re living under a dictatorship.

I came of age in the 90s.  That was a time when losing a phone number meant you might never speak to someone again, every ex-relationship was easily buried in the past, and the friends in your neighborhood were the only friends you had.  Facebook changed all that, and for this, I am extremely grateful.

When Mark Zuckerberg created this extraordinary platform that changed the world, Facebook was a very different company. They seemed to care about people more than profits, and that they actually allowed the betterment of humanity to remain part of the bottom line.

But when Facebook became a publicly-traded company, something changed.  Suddenly, small business owners saw their businesses mutilated overnight after a snap judgement algorithm change.   People were being censored for the silliest reasons (like quoting Malcolm X or Jesus).  Loyal users were being put into “Facebook jail” and banned for weeks without any form of due process, a hearing, or even a f**king response from customer service.

Personally, I’ve been banned for weeks at a time, without even the ability to respond to my friends who were asking, “Boyce, are you ok?”  Our business had spent thousands of hours and tons of money building up a Facebook page to nearly half a million fans.  The page had become so strong and active that even the popular rapper Young MA gives us credit for jumpstarting her career after we posted one of her videos (she thinks I was criticizing her, when I was actually critiquing racist media culture that promotes violence and death among black youth – maybe that kind of talk is what got me in trouble with Facebook).

When Facebook took down our page, we were stunned.  My team members were unable to figure out which post got us banned, because we were only told that we’d violated Facebooks elusive, confusing, unclear (secret) list of “Community Standards.”  We messaged the company several times to find out what happened, and how we could fix it.   All we needed was a phone call, an email or anything to allow us to plead our case.

We got nothing.  To this day, the page is officially “suspended,” with Facebook teasing us with a stupid button claiming that if we simply tap it, the page will be published again.  We’ve hit this button dozens of times, only to find that the page would go back into suspension only seconds later.  It’s surprising that a company that earns billions of dollars per month would have such an obvious glitch in their system.

How horribly disrespectful can you be?  What more has to happen before we realize that this company has entirely too much power?  I haven’t even mentioned the fact that researchers have discovered that Facebook uses techniques to get you addicted to social media, like a crackhead waiting for his next hit.

You see, when Facebook kills someone’s account, there is a human element that their algorithms and financially analysts aren’t accounting for.  Many people open their Facebook app every morning like it’s medication, a cup of coffee or a lifeline to the majority of the connections they have with other human beings.   Being banned from Facebook can leave them feeling isolated and hurt.

So, only the cruelest company can create various forms of economic, social and psychological addiction and just play with your emotions like a frat boy who gets girls to fall in love with him so he can dump them out on the street.  That’s what Facebook does to millions of people every single day and it’s terrible.   In fact, if I were Mark Zuckerberg, I would spend at least $20 million per year on personal security.  The decision to play with the lives of millions of (sometimes unstable) people can often come with serious consequences.

Adding to Facebook’s socioeconomic terrorism is what it does to black people.  Most black leaders who speak truth to power are having their pages banned as if they are the black equivalent to a white supremacist.   Even pages like Black Knowledge and Bossip have been banned or suspended without so much as an explanation from the company.  Louis Farrakhan gets suspended on a regular basis, as well as men like Malik Zulu Shabazz.  Tariq Nasheed, Cynthia G, and many others have complained to me about their treatment on Facebook and the list goes on and on.

The fact is that Facebook is not designed for black people.  Most of their employees aren’t black and many of their misguided data analysts have no respect for the black experience, our day-to-day struggles and ways in which social media is used to connect us with those who understand our objectives.

Not only is the unfair persecution of black social media users unfair and unjust, it is disrespectful.  Many people put thousands of hours of labor into developing and nurturing their pages, only to have them instantly taken away by the Destroyer of Worlds – some nerdy white boy locked away in a corporate office who hasn’t spoken to a black person in two weeks.

This is wrong, and Facebook knows it.  The problem is that Facebook doesn’t care, because the government has given this company entirely too much power.  It’s time to take some of that power away.

I suggest that all black people either leave Facebook or at least diversify their social media options.  The fact that this company is profiting from our presence, exploiting our labor, wasting our time and stealing our data should be enough for us to walk away.   We gave them a chance and they failed, and the reality is that it will only get worse from here.

Boyce Watkins is a Finance PhD, and founder of the social media site Blaggenuf.com, which caters to those who believe in freedom of speech and expression.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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