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chit-chat / K-liners:Pls Rush n pick ur 100,000 kobo Conundrum
« on: November 17, 2003, 04:00:13 PM »
Welcom To The "Conundrumer"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



The forum today goes this way; you are to respect and answer the BOLDED question. And at the end of it all, Gimbiya, Fulanicious and Waziri will arbitrate, by picking the best answerer/answeress. The person will be given 100,000 kobo whenever kanoonliners re-converge.

Here we are: WHAT IS THE BEST AND ONLY THING IN LIFE THAT U WILL LIVE TO CHERISH?!

For instance; your happiest day in life, joyous moment in life etc. But remember, that the moment should be best and most enlivening.

But wait!!!! ance wai so sone amma sonkai ......

Hence, I must start.

For me, the best best and only thing in my life is: I don't know the day 'am gonna die. Because had it been I knew, that would have been terrible indeed!!!! Uhm, a count down to kick bucket????

Just check this out fellow  K-onliners ne ko inliners, upliners or outliners??????????????????  

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chit-chat / Yanning power@DVD.com
« on: January 22, 2004, 09:23:59 PM »
This letter is from X file to LUV/high tecc.htm

3.0 and Lingerie 6.9.

Good Luck,
 Tech Support Dear Tech Support:

 Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0
 and noticed a slow down in the performance of flower
 and jewelry applications that had operated flawlessly
 under Boyfriend 5.0

 In addition, Husband 1.0 un-installed many other
 valuable programs, such as Romance 9.9, but installed
 undesirable programs such as FOOTBALL 5.0 and CRICKET 3.0.

 Conversation 8.0 no longer runs and Housecleaning 2.6
 simply crashes the system. I've tried running Nagging
 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail. What can I do?

 Desperate

 ***************************

 Dear Desperate,

 First keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an entertainment
 package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system. Try
 to enter the command: C:/I THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME and install Tears 6.2 beta.
 Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications:
 Guilty 3.0 and Flowers 7.0. But remember, overuse can
 cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy
 silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0 ME, or Beer 6.1.
 Beer 6.1 is a very bad program that will create
 SnoringLoudly.WAV files.

 DO NOT install Mother-In-Law 1.0 or reinstall another
 Boyfriend program (versions 1 to n+1). These are not supported
 applications and will crash Husband 1.0.

 In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it
 does have a limited memory and cannot learn new
 applications quickly. You might consider buying
 additional software to improve performance. I
 personally recommend Hot Food

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chit-chat / Maraba da Zuwa Filin wasa kwakwalwa
« on: January 22, 2004, 09:15:04 PM »
SANNUNKU DA ZUWA FILIN WASA KWAKWALWA!
Barkanku da zuwa yanar gizo gizo. Sai kowa ya bararraje ya hau yayi shanya. Dama aka muke ko ba haka ba onliners?

Filin zai yi tambayoyi akan littattafai kamar haka:
*Magana Jari ce
*Iliya dan mai karfi
*Ruwan Bagaja
*Sauna
Da sauransu.
Saboda haka wannan satin Za muyi tambayoyi ?ne akan ?Magana Jari ce kawai. Saura kuma sai mako na gaba idan Allah ya kai mu.

Tambaya ta farko: Gogannnaka ko kuma ince Gwani na gwanaye. A labarin Mai Arziki ko a Kwara ya sai da Ruwa, akwai wani Yaro ?wanda Inna ta Nakasar da shi ta mai da shi mai kusumbi. Ya ya sunan wannan yaro? Idan ba zaka iya ba sai ka bada Gari Waziri ya fada maka.

Tambaya ta biyu: Gareka Hausanicious, ko kuma dan Hausa. Bala da Nwanko sun tafi wani Gari domin a raba masu gardama. Bamu sunan wannan Garin?

Tambaya ta uku: Mudacris, A cikin Labarin Rai na kama kaga Gayya. Akwai wani Tsuntsu da ya addabi Jama'a. Ya ya sunan wannan Tsuntsun?

Tambaya ta hudu:Ummita, bamu sunan Yaro mai dan tsuntsun nan da ake kira Kanari. Bari ma na danyi maki matashiya. Shi ne wanda Sarkin Garinsu ya aika a kira shi domin yana matukar son waannan Tsuntsu.

Tambaya ta Biyar: Gimbiya, karasa mana taken wannan: Labarin Sarkin Zairana da Sarkin ........

Tambaya ta shida: Gareki Tsumburbura. Cikin shi wannan Labari dai na sarkin Zairana, Sarkin Boka ya fada masa maganin da zaiyi amfani da shi domin ya rage kiba. Menene wannan Magani da aka fada masa. Wannan tambaya nasan zata bai wa Gimbiya damar amsa ta ta tambayar cikin Ruwan sanyi. Idan kuma duk baza ku iya ba to Hafsatu ko kuma dai (1/2sy) mun baki Gari.

Tambaya ta bakwai: Dan Banza! In har ka cika Dan Banzan sai ka bamu mu sha. A Labarin Abokinka WoWo dan Mallam,lokacin da Babansa zai mutu ya barwa Amininsa wasici da kuma amanar Dukiyar sa cewar ya ajiye idan dansa Wowo yayi Hankali sai ya bashi. Ya ya sunan wannan Amini na Uban WoWo?

To Jama'a nan Zamu dakata sai mako na gaba. Sai dai kafin mu tafi, Fulanicious sai ki shirya idan Allah ya kaimu mako mai zuwa Zaki bamu Labarin Dan uwanki Sauna dan Fulani kafin kizo ki bamu Labarin yadda su kayi da Barayin Banki.
Saboda haka ko mai zaku fada sai ku fadi, ni babu ruwana ko oho.Domin Waziri Aku ya ce ba ruwan Arziki da mugun Gashi wanda Allah ya ba Hakuri yafi a Zage shi. Ka da dai ku gaji da ni. Ina son na yi wa Tsohuwar mamba ta wannan kungiya sannu da dawowa domin kwana biyu bama jin duriyarta. Amma naga ta dawo. Barka da zuwa "Twinkle".

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chit-chat / LETTER TO MY GOOD FRIEND(S) AT K-ONLINE
« on: February 16, 2004, 03:22:34 PM »
My dear 1/2sy,
 
How's your blood 's'? Hope she is doing great. Tell her that I saw her 'fanciful answer' at Filin wasa kwakwalwa. And 'am somehow wondering whether she hasn't read any of Abubakar Imam's "speech is an asset and/or wisdom", during her primary/ secondary days. If so, pls get me informed so that I can reserve a copy for her 'cos she is missing a lot from Waziriyy...ahmm...Waziri Aku.

As regards to your excitable comments on " A toast for Dyme Queen", I just want to advice on one or two things:

First, as per as 'we' are concerned, DYME is the queen of the house, who must absolutely be obeyed. So tread with her softly. And I being "her sultanate" deserve to be given that power of irreproachability! (Laughs).

Secondly, whenever you see Zee-zee tell him that I'm greeting but he shouldn't mind me about those questions. Let him go ahead and answer every one if he can. Please my dear, amm...just wanted to say that whenever you call Fulanicious, Hausanicious and Kanonicious, do help me ask whether they have done felicitous celebrity with their Naman Sallah. And in case you must gossip, I.M message Waziri, Mudacris, Ibro2g, Lionger and "I" that " Nura Purge thrice due to ample dosage of Kayan ciki.

I urge you to call @ ?"What is your sign now?" and see Maqari's praise singing haplessness.
Don't forget to extend my warmest regards to Kilishi and twiddling...tt... "TWINKLING" little star!!! Also, if you wouldn't mind I want to you to flash Alhamza, Ihsan, Fateez, and Yadudu and tell them that we have not been getting in touch with each other. Or does that mean they don't want to know about my love with the iron Lady? Do tell them that they should keep in touch because of the forth-coming wedding scheduled to take place in Tokyo!!!!!!

Gimbiya...uhmm...Gimbiya, anyway, let me keep quite. But just in case you see her, pls, tell her, 'She is not being fair to meee'. >:( >:( >:(

If not because of the fear that the burden may be too much on you, 1/2sy, I wouldn't mind you calling Dan Banza and tell him what his friend (Wowo) did:

That his father has left him enough money with Mallam Nasidi, before he died, and that Mallam shouldn't notify Wowo until he attains sensible maturity, says Wowo's father. When Nasidi was on the verge of death, he sent for Wowo to come so that he can tell him where the money is buried. But Wowo couldn't turn up. Now that Mallam Nasidi is dead without Wowo being told of his monies whereabouts, Wowo is frustrated because there is no way he can raise the money for them to go to Bushasha!!!Say Hi to Gogannaka and Masoyi,and don't forget to hint masoyi that he has a secret admirer...Tsumbur...... :D :D :D

Finally, in all my taciturnity, I have forgotten to give you a special protocol to the learned elders who deserve to be given due respect due to their contributions and monitoring of events. Pls, 1/2sy before tendering that protocol, bow down and salute to Admin, Mallam Waziri, Mr. David, Jack Fulcher and EMTL, whenever you see them.

I wish you the very best in all your undertakings.

Thanks.
Yours lovingly, 8) 8) 8)
Nura.

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General Board / Ladies uncovered: a stage by stage account
« on: December 23, 2003, 09:21:15 PM »
Ladies uncovered: A stage by stage account.

By

Jibo Nura

All views are strictly fictitious.
Pls.don't take it personal.


Experience being the best teacher was what made me to write this little attributions about ladies personalities (behavior(s) and appearance), which they exhibit at certain stages throughout their life span; beginning from childhood to old age. Every girl undergoes these stages of " ATTITUDINAL METAMORPHISM" (emphasis mine), without being conscious of the end result.

I might be inconsistent in my own assertions but McGuire- a psychologist once said that:

"if you ask someone simply to state his attitudes on logically related issues, any inconsistencies uncovered should induce pressures in him to change toward consistency."

Therefore, these attitudinal metamorphism are in five stages. Each stage is determined by the female's ages, witnessed from year one to thirty four and above. However, they are categorised according to the growth and development of every female at each given stage. The distinctions between them is as a result of different physical and emotional display present in both. Nonetheless, the effect of each stage, is a ?direct dividend from another.

Stage one: The stage of "utter dependency". It starts from the age of 1-14 years. Girls and even boys at this period are immature and helpless. They solely depend on their parents for food shelter clothing and accommodation. A lot of energy is expended on their career, family and social relationships coupled with their assessment and reappraisal of major life crisis such as diseases, accidents etc. This stage is further subdivided into two periods. The transition period starting from age 1-5 when they are kids. There is also the period of utmost conformity; where both girls and boys tend to adjust their thought or behavior toward group norms or standards. However this stage is less important with regards to today's discussion on ladies conundrum.

Stage two: The glorious stage; I refer to this one as glorious because ladies at this level are highly glorified with natural beauty. It begins from the age of 15-22. Females are no longer kids because they have become young ladies. Looking very beautiful, adoring, pretty and highly tantalising. Instead of them to utilise this God's given gift (G3), and start looking for someone to marry, they tend to feel as if they are on top of the world. Any guy that tries to talk, stare or even approach a girl at this period, he would be treated in a 'somewhat disgraceful manner'. Because their assumptions is that the whole world loves them. Dignity, pomposity and high affinity for material wealth (materialism) are very common with these girls. As such they tend to feel afresh like milk that had just been squeezed out of a cow's teat. Most ladies at this stage are not after average or middle class partners but men who are economically buoyant and vibrant who possessed all the pre-requisites of bettering their lives. If you don't have a nice car, beautiful house and a lucrative job, you dire not to even make any attempt at them. Few that have the guts to approach them are prone to yabbing, to borrow a term from late Fela.

Watchout brother, they are the untouchables!
Fellow girls, this is the most important stage of all in your life. Take it as a privilege, find a man, nurture a sensible relationship with him and subsequently get married. Do not be deceived by your body statures, it is just a transition with a life span of its own. But if you find this my assertion offensive, I beg your pardon. Those are the things men do. When we try to explain the behavior of yours, we tend to overestimate the role of personal factors and underestimate the influence of situations. This bias is so universal with men that it has been identified as the fundamental attribution error.

Stage three: The critical stage or the stage of uncertainty. Ranges from the age of 23 - 27. It depends on the mismanagement of the glorious stage. Ladies have started coming to their senses in this stage. In fact, this reminds me of a chat with a friend of mine - Idris Iliyasu. When I wanted to share this view with him whether he had any comment with regards to what we discussed so far. Hear him:

"The only thing that I would advice ladies is on this particular stage. They should know that this is a stage of which their condition is critical. Any delay is dangerous, as such quick solution is necessary."

Nevertheless, this is the most complicated one of all the rest. The advice here is that never be ashamed of sticking to a guy. Do not be afraid of telling him the truth about yourself. The bottom line is that you want to marry him. If he proves to be difficult you can persuade him through the following ways:

a) By improving upon your attractiveness

b) By engaging him in a logical and soft conversation. You can win his confidence since what matters in persuasion is "who says what to whom". Even though, a lot of mistakes are done by the educated ones, especially the college and campus "babes" but one can still make it. Face the reality on ground. Bear it in your mind that life is no longer the same. Lower your status and adjust so that you would have a life time patner.

Stage four: Frustration stage. It begins from age of 28 - 34. The ladies are desperately in need of boy friends at all cost. Most of the time you would find out that one's status, and / or condition does not really matter to them. If a girl could hook a guy at this level then she is very much lucky indeed. Hence she cannot afford to miss him. 'History' at this point has revealed that life is very difficult for the ladies, because guys are more or less transgressors. My advice here is that girls should be very patient with our uncompromising attitude.

The last stage: The stage of hopelessness; sometimes, I refer to this stage as "matakin shiga halin }a}ani kayi." It is between the age of 34 and above. Women have already lost hope and faith in every thing. Anything can happen. They may end up without being married throughout their lifetime. Unless they are very- very lucky, they could have someone to marry. The well to do among them could use all they have at their disposal, thus money, cars and all materialistic techniques just to marry anybody. If one happen to be a victim, "shi ke nan ka zama mijin Hajiya".

But why am I wasting my time to draw all these conclusions, since most of them might consider it as an absolute chauvinism. Poor me! I don't mean to hurt your feelings girls.

It is one thing to identify a problem and another thing to proffer a solution. Afterall, this is more of a cognitive search of a balance between men and women, and one virtue of it is that it offer shared assumptions on which to base interactions with another. And shared assumptions or shall we say shared definition of the interactive encounter can provide the oil that helps the encounter roll along a bit more smoothly.

I am not trying to convince you ladies, no! But I am trying to buttress my argument with Edward E. Sampson - an American psychologist who once said that "One of the major functional bases for the balance or consistency model is to be found in each person's efforts to test his conceptions of reality by comparing them with others".

Therefore, the one million dollar question that deserves an answer to this "assertion mythology" is that would they really accept  these five "stagiographies"?

This piece is a special dedication to Intrepid Gimbiya, Laconic Humra and Master Admin

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General Board / Lugard's Dual Mandate and Leadership Experiment
« on: January 12, 2004, 01:28:57 PM »
I saw Mr. David's poser on Nigeria: What will happen in 2004?
I deliberately refused commenting due to one or two reasons; that perhaps ?Mr. David has fear in the maintainance of a moribund status quo. And secondly, it could be that he wants to sample opinions on how well, good or bad its situation is going to be ? Whatever be the case, an analysis like this, to me, is beyond the parochial as well as the pathological pangs inflicted on the "cubital fossa" of this entity called Nigeria. Hence we have to look beyond the pernicketinism so as to come out with an upper extremity that will serve as a virile solution to our quibbling problems.

Gentle men and ladies on board, in this paper, I delved into the historiographical antecedents but curiously avoided to proffer altruistic solutions. As such, it is left to your own discretion. Enjoy reading. ? ? ?

Lugard's Dual Mandate and Leadership Experimentalism in Nigeria
 
By Jibo Nura
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Fellow countrymen, today we are going patriotic. Patriotic in the sense that Nigeria, from independence to date, has undergone series of metamorphoses and yet fails to develop into an adult. The transformation processes are gradually getting worse and worse and seemingly, nobody cares to ask him/her self emphatically, the basic question: what went wrong? I may sound historic, because a discourse like this will compel one to go down memory lane. But nonetheless, it may serve as a milestone in bringing a wave of change to our dear country.

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If we do not forget, Lord Fredrick Lugard, the first high commissioner to Nigeria came in 1900 under the directives of British government. He was sent to this country with two things in mind; first, was to study the attitude and mentality of our people so as to bring out a workable formula that would serve as a basis for leadership manipulation by the colonial British. Second, was the need for political and constitutional manipulations and advancement of British system to Nigeria in order to exploit our economic resources.

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The same method and techniques they employed in Gambia, Sierra Leone and Gold Coasts so as to pave way for them to rule as far as possible via our chiefs and their councils. He realized that the then system of government in Nigeria was a complete mismatch of their tastes. For instance, the North had its own mode of governance and the South also had its own. But still they were governed and defended by the British as protectorates. Then Lugard adopted certain policy measures; the indirect rule which was tried in the Northern Nigeria between 1900 and 1906 and the direct rule in the South, even though, he tried the direct one in the South but was only partially successful because the areas constituting the former Eastern and Midwestern regions had since 1900, been subject to direct rule by the " Native council".

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But all the same he introduced indirect rule to these areas by removing the District officers from their chairmanship of the native council and making warrant chiefs into native authorities. This led to so much petty tyranny on the part of the warrant chiefs that there were stiff resistance and riots in 1927.

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However, in the North, only small part of the region was controlled. Though, it was divided into provinces and residents, who were responsible to the high commissioner. Lugard at this critical period lacked staff for the direct administration of the country. He was also short of money but at the same time pleased to find that our people, especially the Fulani Emirs had a well-organized system of government of their own.

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The British high commissioner, therefore, made full use of the knowledge and administrative skills of the Emirs and to some extent Obas as rulers and allowed them considerable latitude in the administration of their emirates, provinces and residents, provided they obeyed the protectorate laws. This mode of governance continued until he was greatly handicapped by lack of money, which made him unable to develop the services needed in the country by the British. Even though, taxes had been regularized but could not be increased, and there was little or no income from custom duties which Mr. Fredrick could have used to accomplish his mission. For instance, the North produce was exported through Lagos, but it was the colony and protectorate of Southern Nigeria that benefited. They retained almost all the customs dues. Perhaps, it was for this reason that Lugard wanted one administration in the whole of Nigeria. A step toward this goal was made in 1906 when the colony of Lagos and Southern protectorate were merged, and the final stage was reached in 1914.

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What I am trying to get at is that even during the pre - independence stage, Nigeria was in the midst of British leadership experimentation. They were busy formulating their own set of rules and regulations to us and at the same time observing the behavior of our people, especially the leaders, who were used as the key apparatus to epitomize the country. This process continued until in 1939, when Lord Hailey was asked to make a study of the political forces in Africa for the colonial office as a prelude to a new policy. Then, Sir Bernard Bourdillon was the Governor of Nigeria. He issued a statement on the future political and constitutional development of Nigeria, expressing dissatisfaction with the 1922 constitution, which gave no representation to the North on the legislative council. He suggested that the native authorities should be associated with the machinery of the central government by means of regional councils, which would make recommendations to a central council- a policy that was implemented in 1946.

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However, Sir Arthur Richard –– a Governor, was faced with the problem of finding some system of representative government in which the North could participate. He too claimed to be seeking a form of representative government that would take account of the differences in the political state of North and South. But one cardinal question here is that who design the constitution the way it was? This is to tell you that it was a deliberate calculation by the British just to promote ethnic and regional bias. In fact, these, was the basis of loss of direction and focus among Nigerians. As such, Richard made no significant change. His constitution, simply intended to provide a link between native authorities and government, recognizing regional diversity.

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Richard constitution continued to prevail until in 1948, when the new governor emerged in person of Sir, John McPherson, who initiated action on a new constitution which when it finally became law in 1951.

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He also succeeded in creating regional legislatures in full sense! Promoting tribal and ethnic agenda. The whole constitutional reform processes keep on repeating themselves up till today. Alas, it was the same constitution that transpired to1979, 1985 and 1999 constitution respectively.

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One can therefore conclude that the constitution that we upheld today as a document for our mode of governance is regional in orientation. For it neither have any national out look nor does it promote any nationalistic goals. As somebody argues elsewhere that "" its contents are bogus, obscure and verbose"". Its structure in whatever form one wants to present and manipulate it, does not promote national cohesion, integrity patriotism, unity ad infinitum!

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The independence mythology:

The 1st of October 1960 is always assumed to be the period when Nigeria was freed from colonial subjugation, but I still hold some reservations, because it was not obtained under the platter of gold. There were a lot of ethnic, regional and religious undertone attached to the then "" independent Nigeria""

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As Morris Davies asserted in his book  Interpreters for Nigeria, published in1977, that "even after the independence came to Nigeria on 1st October 1960. Well before then  on March 15,1958 the country's western region had, however, already entered into a written contractual agreement with a British public relations organization in order to represent its particular interest more effectively. On May 10, 1960, a further agreement came into force between Nigeria's Eastern region and an American public relations agency; only the North the largest, politically weightiest, and socio- economically least advanced part of the country habitually eschewed such means, relying instead on its control over the federal government and consequently over the largess that flowed from it".

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Morris had therefore brought out clearly the "independency syndrome" inflicted in our people, especially our learned elders. Though, the federal republic was obtained, political machineries were set in place by the then actors of the political drum beat - the 1st republic politicians, but there was ethnic and regional connivance between the West and these key political actors.

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They came up with their democratic package designed to them by the British and its allies. Promoting inter / intra party and tribal conflicts .The west via their agents re-formulated the same constitution that would govern those political forces. As Dr. Usman Bala had it in his book - for the liberation of Nigeria that " the constitution had seriously taken into account the existence of these forces and other foreign forces who actively seek to manipulate and control our institutions for divisive ends. This was exactly what they have done with NPC, NCNC, and Action Group. These parties received Israeli, Kuwaiti and other such imperialist inspired funding for posturing religious, regional and ethnic agendas through firms, persons and organizations operating in Nigeria"".

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Instead of Zik, Awolowo, Sardauna, together with Tafawa Balewa and co. to sit down and propose a constitution that would tally with our culture, values and norms. A constitution that would have a common national engagement, focus and vision for one Nigeria, they couldn't. Even though, there were ethnic and tribal barriers all over the country, but they could have maintained some degree of tolerance and minimum level of civility among us. In fact, that was the major down fall of these grand fathers. That was also the beginning of regional and ethnic confrontations between them. When the so-called "Zik of Africa" chose to be the Zik of Igbos, the Sardauna rather identified himself with the Hausa/Fulani while Awolowo was wholly for the Yorubas.

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Therefore, we can see that these people were not actually national leaders in the real sense, as we are always told in the academic rhetorics. They were more of local champions or utmost regional heroes  protecting regional interest on one part and promoting ethnic politics on the other. That is why the disdain of the slogan unity in diversity will forever remain; because its real meaning and significance is yet to be understood among Nigerians. What it entails today is more of political and social gimmick.

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Now, this brings us to the main themes of this analysis, the issue of genuine leadership model and national heroism. The dichotomies between the 1st republic leaders on one part and their European maneuverability on the other, led the country into another verge of experimentation. The military came. They intervened partly to maintain security but mainly to settle the scores of the long-standing rivalry among them. Their actions and leadership style led Nigeria into total jeopardy and anarchy. Majority of these well-armed, hungry foot soldiers- vultures had mixed feelings about one Nigeria. Except few among them; Major Gen. Yakubu Gawon and co. tried to maintain the status quo, but they too failed to put the country at the loftiest of heights. The only person in the entire military circle that tried to reach the zenith of national iconism and /or heroism was Gen. Murtala Ramat Muhammad. He sincerely fought for the liberation of the country from the hands of the colonizers. Murtala was provocatively eliminated because of his indigenisation policy. Hence the experimentation continued. Second republic came. Here, we thought that another transition to democracy would be the solution to our problems, but it also failed. Again, the experiment transited to the military and back to the civilian, which sequentially set in with new agenda of personal enrichment and money launderings from the public treasury. Indeed our historical experience under Obasanjo, Babangida and Abdussalam show that succumbing to the status quo by Nigerians will never yield any result. It is just subverting the tenets of democracy and our effort to ruthlessness. Since it is clear that even the present democracy that we have been advocating, is not working. Nigerians have testified to it the forum on Human Rights and Good Governance organized by the Human Rights Law Service (HURILAWS) and Thisday Newspapers, together with representatives from Vanguard, the human rights organizations, academics, students, National Assembly, the private and public sectors concluded that this democracy is not working.

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What remains of a nation as Paul Mamza said, " Are sycophants and professional globe trotters who are given special positions at the national schemes. How can new ideas and concepts be accepted in a country whose thoughts have been relegated to the dustbin of history or can the status quo be threatened when the oldies and retired Generals had all the incontestable tools in the world to secure political power at all cost due to their immense wealth and influence. Can such a country recover from a paralysis inflicted on it by antecedents of doing business as usual or even its trial of bringing and effecting reforms? The country presently is lacking a center or even if there is one, it is fast loosing a hold and a man with high esteem is required to hold the fragments together, pursue genuine course of reconciliation and reconstruction of the battered nation and more importantly bring out a realistic change of attitude in the business of government".

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The main idea in Mr. Paul's assertion is to tell that Nigeria is never blessed with a national leader from its conceptualization as a people to what we are today.

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Now back to my earlier assertion, the issue of national heroism and/or iconism.

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Comparatively, Nigeria can never be matched with other countries of the world in terms of national heroes, most especially Africa and Asia. For it does not have one. For instance, Jomo Kenyatta  who was once referred to as an African leader by Carl Gustat and George Bennette in their book titled; the Kenyatta election, was a genuine national icon and at the same time hero. He exonerated his people- the KIKUYU from the Mau  Mau subjugation. His charismatic and militant nationalism repudiated the social, economic and political privileges enjoyed by the Europeans. He also went to the extent that the majority of the Kikuyu no longer accepted the legitimacy of the political and social order imposed on them by the Europeans.

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Nonetheless, King Idris Muhammad el  Mahdi el Senussi and Mammar Ghaddafi are two national icons that Libyans will ever live to remember because of their immense contributions to the arabisation of Libya. When Libya, was occupied by the Italians in 1912, its people were subjected to the demographic colonization, they were very close to losing their identity when World war II broke out, but King Idris gave them new life, new hope and circumstances. Better still, was the Egypt's Gamel Abd Nesser  a great national icon, an active member of the society of young Egyptians in 1930, who was succeeded by Anwar Al  Sadat as president. Gamel transformed Egypt to the zenith of "the world creator of civilization". He was also credited by the symbol of phraonic civilization with Egypt being the foremost source of civilized world development.

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Likewise, Mohattma Ghandi of India - a patriot and hero. He never ruled India but freed his people from being colonized. Ghandi will forever remain India's man of all time. They will live to remember him till the end of time, simply because of his national patriotism.

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However, South Africas Nelson Mandela and Senegalese Audu Diof are two national icons, which have proved to the world that power isn't everything but the only thing. Hence; the list is endless but all these are people who considered their country first before themselves. They helped tremendously to the development of their country willy- nilly.

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Unlike our leaders who always regard leadership as a lifetime or family affair; specializing in changing jerseys: from Khaki to Agbada, Babbar Riga to Abatiagi; all of them do not mean well to our National savvy. We should therefore change the volte-face of our leadership paradigm and look for a messiah, but definitely not from these crops of personalities. And whenever I looked up to our colleagues and sister countries like South Korea, Malaysia and South Africa, whom were mostly helped by us  just some few decades ago, I feel pauperized, especially when I see my people busy importing Daewoo electronics from South Koreans and MTN services from the South Africans.

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I also find it very serious to forebear with one of my very good friend's statement that " Nigeria is such a country with very unserious leaders" but I always take solace in the law of nature that says no condition is permanent.

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General Board / MEMO TO 'COMRADE' ADAMS OSHIOMHOLE
« on: January 29, 2004, 10:16:33 PM »
MEMO TO 'COMRADE' ADAMS OSHIOMHOLE.
By
Jibo Nura


 ? ? ?With due respect to your exalted office sir, I am writing in response to some NLC reports, which made the front pages of two outstanding newspapers. First, was the caption NLC begins mobilizing for strike, Daily Trust, Monday December 8th 2003. Second, was Deregulation: we don't want your strike, its belated Nigerians tell NLC, New Nigerian Saturday, December 6th 2003.

From what was contained therein the said reports, it appears that the Nigerian Labour congress, has generated a lot of reactions and mixed feelings among Nigerians, as the agitation for the warm up of another nationwide strike on deregulating the down stream sectors has left majority of workers, especially the masses to question the credibility of NLC's call for such.

Perhaps, the reasons for that could be due to the following:

One: ? ? ?That from 1999 to date, the federal government has successfully but painstakingly increased the fuel price without a serious challenge from the NLC. Then you could only threaten a one-week strike, after which the matter died down. The government also introduced the controversial privatization and deregulation myths; whereby most of the Nigerians had expected a lot from your office, especially when you were spotted on television, together with the human rights crusader  chief Gani Fawehinmi, raising placards on the road with the inscription No to privatization! No to deregulation! ?During that period, the thinking among workers and masses in particular was that the messiah has come to save them some dosage of problems from the governments privatization imbroglio. In fact, you went a long way in trying to make us believe that you can make it not to happen completely. We therefore applauded you, as that was what is expected of a close companion. However, as the going gets tougher, - Mr. President, you just decided to lie low until almost all the public properties and/or assets have been subjected to the most influential private hands. When NITEL, NIGER DOCK, NICON HILTON, and Benue cement, have been let to vocal few individuals due to either their position or influence in the scheme of things, you were completely silent. Though, we could only understand your plight when the ASUU chairman, Dr. Oladipo Fashina briefed us at the outskirt of the Kaduna state high court after the ASUU vs. Federal government preliminary hearing on privatization held on 2002, that he went and seeked for your support in order to challenge the privatization policy, but you were bold enough to tell that you could not join because there seems to be some sense in it. But the question here is how far have you gone in trying to secure a share for your workers, what effort have you made about the privatization share purchase loan scheme forms that were trickily distributed to more than two (2) million people, or is the privatization scheme meant for the most influential people at the corridor of power? ?Has the NLC care to find out what happened to African petroleum (AP), MTN, intercellular and Benue cement; who are the major shareholders?
These are what your congressmen and women need to agitate for a Nigerian worker that is not opportuned to be among one of those Abuja crowds.
Two: That with almost Eighty-five (85%) of Nigerians wallowing in poverty, and despite the fact that majority of our people are in serious economic hardship, yet the Nigerian Labor Congress under your chairmanship went and congratulated the president for winning a controversial 4- 19, even when our local and international observers have advertently admitted that it was unjust and unfair election.
Nonetheless, Mr. Funso Kupolokun, the new managing director, barely two days after his confirmation, unveiled his plans about the down stream sectors that " No Jupiter on earth will stop him privatizing the oil sectors". During that time, the expectations among us, however, was that the NLC, under your stronghold would use everything within its own jurisdiction to vehemently oppose this uncanny decision of letting these refineries to capitalist individuals, by declaring an emergency strike action. Instead, it just told us that it has given the federal government a mere 8 weeks ultimatum. Then how do you want us to take your mobilization for another round of strike seriously? It is a well-know fact that Nigerians are bedeviled with an unprecedented high rate of unemployment, poverty, insecurity, hunger and starvation. Today, a Nigerian mass cannot afford three (3) square meals a day; our university graduates are roaming about with their certificates, one parastatal after the other, looking helpless without any hope of getting where to hook on to; whereas a university professor or a medical doctor cannot afford a personal house in this country, his colleague who is also a lecturer at the university is there battling with the government over unpaid salaries. Likewise, our children are left stranded rendered useless without hope of getting qualitative education. And this is not unconnected with the lack of teaching and research facilities and also due to protracted strike actions, which the government always instigates.
 ? ? ?All these are as a result of lack of; good condition of service, improved salary scales, wages, poor national policy formulation and implementation strategies, and also due to improper monitoring and evaluations of our managerial economic principles.
 ? ? ?The problems are nonetheless exhaustive, but these are the things that Oshiomhole's NLC should focus on. It should agitate and direct its affairs toward ensuring a better life programs for the Nigerian workers and masses in particular. And this cannot be achieved without challenging the government's uncompromising attitude to the citizenry.
 ? ? ?Even the world comrades believes that domestic regulations of capitalists activities have to be synchronized and matched by corresponding development of supranational forms of regulations, which must provide a terrain for accountable and transparent control of our interdependent economies.
 ? ? ?Therefore, the NLC via your very office should; create a social space as a harbinger of a harmonized welfare state. It should strengthen consumer and citizen power to countervail that of large enterprises and of the public sector. The adaptation of an agenda aimed improving the position of citizens in the society should be of paramount importance to NLC. This will go a long way in clearing its long-standing hatred of the citizens towards commitment to equality. It should also uncover a strategy aimed at securing economic growth by pressing on issues that will make the government create job and employment opportunities without contravening the labour laws.
 ? ? ?Finally sir, instead of mobilizing Nigerians for an unyielding strike, for un-averted government's intentions on fuel pricing, which I do not think you will ever succeed, because of the way you carelessly manhandled it from the onset, you should please change the volte-face of your campaign to a new national order targeted at reducing the colossal gap between the rich advanced capitalists at the corridor of power and the downtrodden, so as to develop some level of confidence in us.
 ? ? ?This is the only panacea that you can use to heal our already perceived notion that you are not Obasanjo apologist.
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 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?Yours most sincerely,
 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?Jibo Nura
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 ? ? ?(member Arewa consultative forum) ? ? ?
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General Board / Who will save The North now? tribute to sir Ahmadu
« on: December 29, 2003, 08:10:48 PM »
Following the debate started by my compatriot,"Nigeria: the unhappy marriage of the quadruple", I feel obliged to revisit my previous write up, which was published by some Nigerian dailies. The piece represents my grudge about the contemporary Nigeria. Eminent Ladies and Gentlemen of the house, happy reading.[/colour][/quote]




Who Will Save the North Now? ::) ??? : :o

By

Jibo Nura





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Tribute to Sir, Ahmadu Bello- the Sardauna of Sokoto and premier of Northern Nigeria.(1910 - 15th January 1966).

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Today is exactly thirty-seven years and seven month after the Northern Nigeria has lost its illustrious and intrepid son, the oak tree (Gamji) that endured and survived the most unfavourable conditions.

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Chikakken dan Arewa, Gamji dan kwarai;the father of northerners, who sacrificed his energy, skills and leadership ability to the upliftment of Northern Nigerians; he converted and shared his vast experience both at national and international level to the unification of Nigeria under the banner of federalism; His transgience and pragmatic understanding of life served as an emissary between the North and its counterparts.

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Sardauna not only saw the North through but also left an indelible mark that northerners would ever live to remember and cherish the immortalize legacies of this bona fide child of Nigeria.

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If Sardauna were alive, he would have seen how north is being discredited by its treacherous sons, who have destroyed the grand design of Ahmadu Bellos one north, one people, one destiny. He would have seen how his development projects are being compromised with personal ego, as the vituperations of our present leaders who have dismissed all claims about genuine leadership model. Were Gamji alive, he would have seen the legendary North being turned into a dumping ground, rendered helpless without any hope.

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Therefore, the above, is an opening eulogy of today's discourse about the trouble before the North, especially in this present democratic dispensation. It has become imperative, to pick a vantage that would make us understand the political exigencies of the moment. For the North has already lost bearing, since the death of its great messiah. And this is not unconnected with our present day leaders' refusal to follow the modus operandi of Sir, Ahmadu Bello of the blessed memory.

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However, the contemporary political epoch has revealed categorically, the uncompromising attitude of Northern Nigeria as a people. What happened in the just concluded election are enough pointers to tell that the northerners are now in serious political, economic and educational predicaments. We may not come to term with this reality until a comprehensive package of the northern political cankerworms witnessed nation-wide is opened up.

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The issues:

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The persistent outcry about the marginalisation of the North in the scheme of things has its real basis and significance from the disintegration of the people, which constitutes this entity, called Nort. It is true that the already perceived problems by some group of northern intelligentsia and other technocrats have started unfolding gradually. What we are witnessing today is a direct dividend of our lack of togetherness, love, sincerity and truth for one another. When Governor Attahiru Bafarawa in his address on the occasion of the second anniversary celebrations of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), the umbrella of the north, held in Kaduna on 28th March 2002 said that "As the 2003 elections are drawing closer, we must put our heads together and set aside our political, social, religious and economic and other differences, speak and act together and mutually present a consensus candidate that has the genuine interest of the North at heart, irrespective of faith or party affiliations. We should be under no illusion; nor should we allow the mistake of the past to repeat itself. We must never mortgage the North again for the pleasure of a few individuals who do not have our interest at heart. We must strive to live by the examples of Sir, Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto and premier of Northern region.

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But what happened afterwards? This clarion call by his excellency governor Bafarawa was outrightly rejected and put into a dust bin by some mischievous elements who do not believe in the onerous task of the North. And even Bafarawa himself seemed not to have meant what he said. For instance, the North had unanimously embraced major General Muhammadu Buhari as its popular candidate and also a candidate for the masses. He was given an absolute support, except those few individuals who hold grudge against him, simply because circumstance(s) warranted to their detention during Buhari's military regime. They failed to pardon him. Instead, they came in different forms under different party affiliations just to disrupt the political platform on which the North was initially designed. Perhaps, the only exception among them was Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi, who in spite of all what had happened between him and Buhari remained forgiving.

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It is an irrefutable fact that Nigerian politics is divided along religious, ethnic and regional enclaves. For example, the Yorubas in Nigeria have never voted based on justice and fairness. Their own politics is always ethnicised; even religion is secondary to ethnicity in terms of elections among Yoruba Nation. Once you are a Yoruba, they would give you bloc votes. If for instance, you go to Southwest, you would find out that the predominant party is AD, if you go to South-south and Southeast they are dominated by PDP. It is only when you come to the North that you would see AD, PDP and ANPP waxing together! Therefore, it is high time for the "unpardonables" to understand this.

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Even though, it is too late for the North at this time to come out of these mess but that doesn't mean we cannot come back to the drawing board. The fact that Buhari has been allegedly defeated, we shouldn't succumb to national aggression. All hands must be on deck. Let us forget about personal sentiments and/or resentments and face the task ahead. I understand that why Buhari could not win the support of some of the Northern ruling class, especially the retired generals was because of the personal grudges that had its genesis since from their military days. A sad story indeed, which I wouldn't like narrating, however, Buhari did not lose the election. For, this was a man that doesn't have political structure before, but in less than two years he got it. And within a short time frame he has proved to the world that he could pull leg with the incumbent. Though, if not because of betrayal and insincerity within the Northern political elites, without a single vote from the southwest, the North can produce a president in this country based on our population and landmass.

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The real problems:

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The selective application of justice and priorities in the development of the southern part of this country at the expense of the North would continue to mar our situation. When one compares the developmental projects that are done in the South to the ones that are in the North, the gap is very wide that it is even a mirage on whether the North will ever catch up. Recently, President Obasanjo commissioned a new power thermal station in his own state-Ogun, a multi billion Naira project. And don't forget that since 1993, the southwest had been enjoying the highest percentage of electricity in this country. Over 60% of the households of southwest had access to national grid compared to the National average of 33.6%. With the Jigawa, Kebbi, Sokoto, Katsina and Taraba having less than 10% accessibility.

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Nonetheless, this disparity in electricity distribution was ascertained by NEPA weekly allocation report published in the National Newspapers in 1993. Where the southwest zone received 38%, Southeast and South-south received 16.63%, while the entire North received 27.2%. My friend Ujudud Sheriff captured the Obasanjo's agenda well in his Tuesday column titled ;Agenda for Northern Governors (Daily trust, 10th June 2003) that over N10b was spent on the dualisation and rehabilitation of Lagos bar beach, which he (Ujudud) doubts very much if such money was expended in the North by the Federal government from Obasanjo's inception to date. Again, when his Excellency, my own state governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Saminu Turaki was crying about the unprecedented marginalisation of the North and Jigawa in particular, I feel relieved, because this was what they failed to understand since. It is now that they start realizing that OBJ has wore a Yoruba dress- set to implement the Yoruba agenda. The governor in his interview with the Sunday Vanguard of June 15th 2003 said, "Throughout the period of Obasanjo's first democratic regime, there were no sign of federal government presence in Jigawa state. Managing directors at federal level, zero. New federal roads, zero. Federal institutions, zero. Directors, zero.

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But one cardinal question here is that what makes the North suffer all these? The answer to this is simple. Like I said, it is our lack of togetherness that had made us sown what we are reaping.

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This is one thing that Sardauna would never allow to happen if he were alive. Whenever it was a matter of regional importance, the Sardauna together with the Joseph Tarkas, Tafawa Balewas and the Aminu Kanos. And his other close associates like Justice Mamman Nasir, Mr. Micheal Audu Buba, Sunday Awoniyi, Pastor David Lot, Sir, Kashim Ibrahim, all put their heads together and worked as indomitable teams to put North at the loftiest of height. Sardauna could only differ in ideology with his friends and colleagues but anything that had to do with northern regional demands, he never comprised. The unjustified retirement of northern key military officers, all in Obasanjo's quest to subdue the power of the region militarily, is due to the governments fear of uncertainty and revolt from the North. He painstakingly eliminated them from the system so as to allow him become the only C in C and a lone ranger in the business of transforming Nigeria and North in particular into an artificial bondage.

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Honestly speaking, non-of the problems of the North that is most disturbing than the situation of its nineteen state Governors. It is unfortunate, that they have no sympathy for their people. The dangerous and foxy decisions taken by them at the state council meeting about the increase in fuel price and the invidious local government reforms, has revealed clearly, their inhuman stance on the masses. It is true that the Nigerian masses do not know how the per capita oil is distributed, nor do they experience any subsidy from Niger Delta to Shani in Borno state. They haven't a slightest idea on the sharing of the National oil cake. It is therefore ironical for the governors and the government to accede to the increase in the fuel price with about half of its former price. This has greater negative effect to our economic savvy. The insidious local government restructuring, by the key players in government, is going to be detrimental to the integral part of the North. The North, based on its population and landmass, has been privileged with the highest number of local governments in the country. For the government, therefore, to take a drastic measure on them by phasing out their present structure from the National system is tantamount to breach of trust and illegitimacy. They should know that these local governments are created and guided by certain laws in the constitution.

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Besides, most of the people in the country and North in particular do not know about the existence of any government other than the local governments. What the government and the nineteen governors did in this regard is just like killing a mosquito with a sledgehammer. For, they didn't hear peoples' prejudice about it. If at all they are honest, they should have given room for referendum, so as to allow the people to decide what they think is best for them. Were Sardauna alive, he wouldn't have allowed such a thing to happen to the North. He would have fought it to his last breath. As Paul Mamza had it that" if Sardauna were alive, he would have queried the miscalculations of the northern political elites. He would not have allowed the systematic weeding of the northerners occupying strategic positions. He would have prevented a situation where northerners were engaged in a fight with each other. He would have faulted the erroneous methodologies that paved way for institutional degeneration of the North. He would have viewed the concept of power shift as the equivalent of a political regicide. He would have stopped the course of a limited philosophical perception and the prevarication of the northern people in the modern times. The heavily corrupted leaders that made it a way of life to secure a misbegotten wealth cornered away from the public accounts would have bemused a returning Sardauna. He would have thanked Almighty Allah for an early recall".

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The main thrust in Dr. Paul's assertion is to instil a patriotic commitment in the minds of the northerners, because he has seen how the North and its people have rotten away. At the grass root level, you will find out that northerners are not in the forefront in terms of education, which is the most apparent and pervasive problem of our people. The North is really educationally backward. An average class northerner (whether of the working class or a farmer), who has the means, cannot afford to send his children to school. Instead, he prefers them to be roaming about the streets begging, or else, they would resolve to casual labour like selling petrol by the roadside. And our leaders both traditional and modern are so reluctant that they can't come out and promulgate a law that would either prevent such ill-equipped attitude or force the parents to send their children to school. This in turn has greater negative effect to our socio-economic etiquettes. Go to the south and see how the parents are running helter-skelter just to raise money that they would sponsor their children to school. That's why you see them dominating the commanding heights of our educational sectors. This reminds me of a chat with a medical pal of mine, hear him: Do you know that if we are to compare the number of medical schools that are offering medicine between the North and South, we only have five. A.B.U Zaria, Bayero University Kano, University of Maiduguri, Sokoto and Jos. Whereas in the South almost all the universities are offering medicine. And by implication, we only have four if we are to be specific. Since Bayero University has not been fully accredited due to ethnicity and because most of the accreditors are Yorubas. I quite agree with my friend's preview. However, if we are to compare the educational disparity between the North and South in terms of statistical analysis and performance, we would find that they have about seven private universities in the South we don't have any in the North. With the regards to the performance of our students in the S.S.C.E and U.M.E, it has always been a matter of grave concern. Many students have had high failure rates particularly in the key subjects of English and Mathematics with these rates in some states reaching as high as 97%. Also the U.M.E results for entry into universities are generally poor and do not correlate with the result of the S.S.C.E conducted by WAEC and NECO. This has serious implications for the manpower needs of the northern states and the redressing of the educational imbalance between these states and the rest of the country. For instance, according to JAMB, the U.M.E 2000 statistics on applications by the entire northern states recorded 13.82% grand total. This percentage was not up to the percentage applicants from Imo and Anambra states, who have contributed 80,250 candidates garnering 19.55% of the national total.

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Therefore, if we are to go on discussing our problems vis-?-vis educational, political and by extension social and economic, time and space will not allow us to say them within this column. As such, let us see if there are remedies.

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Solutions:

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Virtually, the North has few solutions to its enormous problems.

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First, we must come back to the drawing board and map out a cogent strategy to empower our people educationally. We must campaign massively for the education of our children. The nineteen northern governors should come together and enact laws that will force parents to send their children back to school. Adult and mass education should be taken seriously. Where children between the ages of 5-16, must compulsorily acquire both primary and secondary education, which is synonymous to a Lebanese, Palestinian and Jordanian child, whom at the age of 18 must serve their country militarily. In doing this, proper monitoring and evaluations ? should be ensured at all levels. The governors should also create an enabling environment both at the state and at the local government level, which would allow education to thrive economically and socially, by building up adult and mass education centres at rural and urban areas, as they were done before, so that education would encompass all and sundry. Primary and post primary schools should be rehabilitated and equipped so as to alleviate the lack of teaching facilities. Competent teachers should also be given utmost priorities via the constant payments of their salaries. Once you give your child education, then you have empowered him economically, politically, socially and otherwise.

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Secondly, the North through the Arewa Consultative Forum should try and checkmate Obasanjo's discriminatory attitude between the North and South, albeit, there seems to be clash of ideologies within the ACF, but I still believe that we can make it. The ACF should know that OBJ is now out to betray justice.

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Lastly, the nineteen Northern state governors should please take it up as an ample responsibility to ensure the fear of God and refrain from taking unscrupulous decision on the Northern region. They should also refrain from milking public funds, so as to allow them work towards the development of the north with justice, equity and fairness. And all hands must be on deck from the top to the grass root. Unless these are done, the North would continue to have a serious effect of minimising the effectiveness of the participation of its people in the political, social and economic activities of Nigeria. And sooner or later, our children would begin to wonder with nostalgia as to who will save the North?
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General Board / A toast for Dyme Queen
« on: January 24, 2004, 08:54:47 PM »
Sequel to your discourse with Waziri on sharia, Iwas able to trace it up to the fundamentals.But I understand that to err is human. We are all human beings bound to make mistakes.And we live to learn from each other.Pls, Dyme Queen no matter the nature of your problem; not minding the degree of your misfortune, do not lose hope. Never submit your self to frustrations. Our abilities got to be tested. We need to be praised and condemned. As people used to say; life is a mixture of sorrow and happiness. As such, the beauty in it is to always consider the good moments and discount the bad ones.

I wasn't there when you started this things. In fact. I was not a registered member as at then but I'm urging you to pls get over it.
Don't forget that John c. Maxwell One of the apostles of non violent change says "when you ceize to make a cotribution you begin to die". Pls forgive and forget.
After all, who knows what tomorrow will bring? The fact that we are still alive, we don't know what life entails.

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General Board / A RIGHT OF REPLY FROM MY MAIL BOX 1
« on: January 31, 2004, 07:39:14 PM »
Mr. REW'S reply ?on: Who will save The North now? tribute to sir Ah ?
on: 01/22/04 at 17:56:36 ? Quote Modify ?

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Isn't it time the north stopped crying to be Saved? Why does the North always have to depend on the south e.x Oil? Why are you guys so scared of being lost? Shouldn't the north try to do for itself than always try to rule Nigeria?Isn't it time you Northerners decide to create your own states kano, sokoto, bauchi into a country? The truth is that your ancestry is more tied to The republic of Niger not the ethnic groups of Yoruba, Ibo and what you have it in southern Nigeria. I believe Nigeria must/should split so that you northerners can depend on yourselves and we southerners can also do for ourselves ?
 
 Jibo Nura: MY COMMENT ON Rew's Assertions.

Mr. Rew's vivisections of the North calls for an imperative clarification of his soliloquize surreptitious intentions to ridicule the people of the North about "oil". But such a utopian accusation is only meant for people like Rew, who specialize in sonorous outburst-especially when they want to play to the gallery.

To me, this 'oil of a thing'has paved way for us to open a Pandorax Box so that in the end everybody can see clearly the lethargic luggage it contains. I therefore want to take Mr. Rew and any other that thinks like him on the following points.

One: That the south always boast to the north about oil, and that northerners are always afraid of secession, is just a harlequin paradox, belonging to unlucky punks, who invigorate the quandary inflicted in a premature perdition that manifest in the Nigeria's political situation.

To put this point across, the honorable reader should know that without the north the south might not stand on its feet. For instance, they accuse us of lack of petrol and/or oil endowment but we supply them with meat. They curse the north of this natural relegation, which they deliberately refused to believe that it's a god's given gift. But in the end we see them gallivanting with tomatoes, and pepper, that sold for N10 and even N20 per one, especially at Ajegunle, Surulere, Ketu and mile 12 in Lagos. What balderdash!

Two: That the North should secede and leave the south alone, and that we should join our brothers in Niger Republic, is a nice thing to do.

But I want Mr. Rew to tread back into history and quickly intimate me on the origin of Oduduwa-the king.

However, one of the major calamities that will definitely befall on the South if we agree to part ways; is how is going to accommodate its large number of people that are living under northern patronage. That very day, EXODUS! ?EXODUS! ?EXODUS!

Perhaps, these are some of the reasons why the north doesn't want to leave the south alone until it's prepared. Otherwise, we would have allowed it to go its own way since.

 Though, through out my write-up, I did not mention any name of those 'so called' Nigeria's political actors. The piece was purely written just to reawaken the North from its slumber! In fact, I vehemently descended on my people. Then came Mr. Rew telling us all sort of things.

At this juncture, I have no choice than to use the Yoruba adage that "Na wetin dey make Cray-fish bend"?

After all, everything we say today about our region is just the product of circumstance. We say it because some people have already said it. Ours is not different from the Abraham Adesanya’s who said" I consider myself first a Yoruba man before a Nigerian". His very good friend Justice Adewale Thompson also said "Any Yoruba man who don't vote for Obasanjo is a bastard, bogus anti-Yoruba".

Ironically, these two personalities, have today come out shamelessly condemning the person that they had sleeplessly and tirelessly worked for. It is quite irresponsible for them to say that "Obasanjo has betrayed our mandate". But little wonder, this is the most common thing among 'Yoruba Nation'. You may not know this if you are not one of them. If so, pray to your god Mr. Rew.

Finally, we can see that the whole entity called Nigeria is just a 'QUD PRO QUO OF A SORT'. And I want to assure you that in the whole of Nigeria the Hausa/Fulani people who were once referred to as the Tutsis of Nigeria by one of your think-tank fellow, are the most upright and peace loving people. In politics, they are the best. Quote me anywhere that Kano people are the best in terms of refined politics in Nigeria. It is unfortunate that you have taken me along this line but I had wanted ?you to see my other side. I therefore urge you to see my Lugard's Dual Mandate and Leadership Experimentalism in Nigeria. I pasted it here at http://www.Kanoonline.com
, you can give it a look. Let me know your view on it but do not take us to the road to Kigali.
Have a nice time.
Nura.

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General Board / Dr. Muh'd Dlakwa, Q.S colossus: Is Dead
« on: February 12, 2004, 05:57:30 PM »
DR. MUHAMMAD MUSA DLAKWA, Quantity Surveying Colossus: Is Dead.

(April 6, 1961 - February10, 2004)

"Surely God has created every being and to Him we shall all return. Every soul must experience the bitterness of Death. For Allah do things according to His will. May He therefore accept us and our deeds in good faith, any time we are called upon".

The above caption will remain the most shocking and demoralizing sentence I least expected to refer and even re- construct its similitude in my life, since after the demise of our scholar Dr. Shehu Lawal Giwa (another Quantity Surveying giant). The only difference was just the name; where I substituted Dr. Shehu Lawal Giwa with Muhammad Musa Dlakwa. In fact, it never crossed my imaginative mind that I would one day pick a pen and write such a report similar to that of a compatriot who reported Dr. Giwa's death. But as destiny have it; Life is such a mysterious thing that one can never tell what will happen in the next second.

The death of Dr. Muhammad Musa Dlakwa came to me as a great shocker through one of his very close companion who said: "Mallam Nura, have you heard of Dr. Dlakwa's death?" I did not hear the man well, until he mentioned abruptly the last letter: DEATH. It was then I quickly recollected back my thoughts and asked in bewilderment: What? He then repeated himself this time, in different but grief- stricken tone that Dr. Dlakwa is dead! The next thing that I could picture in my mind was Dr. Dlakwa's generous and friendly face that he always maintained whenever you are with him.

As my lecturer, I saw in him a very motivating and encouraging personality. He was one of the first persons who had made me developed personal temerity to Quantity Surveying profession. Dr. was a very intelligent and hardworking gentleman who loved challenges. And he always derived pleasure when meeting up with those challenges.
Dr. Muhammad Dlakwa hailed from Kwaya Kusar, Borno state. He started his elementary education in Kwaya Kusar and later joined Wandali primary school between 1968 and 1974. He attended Waka secondary school, Biu, from 1974 to 1979. Doctor graduated with the best result, this made it easier for him to get enrolled into the school of Basic studies, ABU, Zaria that same year (1979). He finished Basic studies in 1980 and then proceeded for a B.sc. Programme in Quantity Surveying, in the same institution between 1980and 1983, where he made his mark in academic excellence. After completing his NYSC programme with Setraco Construction Company as project Quantity Surveyor in Bida, Niger state, he came back to ABU and bagged his M.sc programme in construction management in 1985. From there he went to university of Starling, Scotland in 1987, where he had his P.hd in Technological Economics. This made him to be the first person in the entire country to attain a doctorate in that field.

Academically, I know some but not all his career. Dr. Dlakwa was a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Surveying, ABU Zaria between 1984 and 1986. He was Assistant Lecturer 1986 -1989, Lecturer 11, 1989, Lecturer 1 1990 and Senior Lecturer in Quantity Surveying in 1993. He was also Departmental Examination officer 1984 and 1985, Head of Quantity Surveying unit and /or section 1987, Acting Head of Surveying Department between 1991 and 1992. He was later confirmed Head of Department in 1992 Dr. Muhammad Dlakwa was Deputy Dean of Engineering and later Dean of Faculty of Engineering, ABU Zaria between January 1994 and July 1995. DR. Musa has also served as chairman, member and external examiner to so many professional bodies, administrative committees and institutions, which are too numerous to mention. It was out of his intellectual prowess that he was appointed Deputy General Manager (planning) / special Assistant to the chief Executive, Federal Housing Authority in 1995. He was later promoted to General Manager (special Duties) and then Operation in 1996 -97 and 1997 -1999 respectively.

In 1996 he was appointed chairman of the presidential Task force on the implementation of the Gwarinpa 11 housing project, Abuja. What I will definitely live to remember here is the day Doctor was Teaching us QTYS, one of the rudimentary aspect of Quantity Surveying. Hes then shared his experience at Gwarinpa with us that:" it was me who chaired, designed and implemented the Gwarinpa project, which is suppose to be the largest estate in Africa". He served in this capacity up to 1999. He was also chairman, committee of experts on the design and construction of FHA corporate headquarters, Abuja 1995.
A t the level of professionalism, Dr. served in so many capacities in the Quantity Surveying world. He was a fellow of the Quantity Surveying Registration Board (FQSRB), Fellow Nigerian institute of Quantity Surveyors (FNIQS), Fellow institute of construction Industry Arbitrators (FICIArb) 1997, Corporate member of the American Association of cost Engineers (MACOSTE) 1998, Corporate member of the institute of Management Consultants (MIMC) 1997, Associate Member of the British institute of Management (ABIM) 1990, Registered Quantity Surveyor and Board member.

But all these are now history. Death has kept us apart; we will no longer live to enjoy the soothing Balm that you used to rub to us before taking lectures. Quantity Surveying Students of ABU Zaria will never receive that tender reception of food and drinks that you always offered before giving them lectures.

Certainly, your demise is a requiem not only to Quantity Surveying unit, Department of Surveying, Ahmadu Bello University, but also the entire country in general. May God give your family, relatives, parents and us the fortitude to bear the loss. Though we have no choice than to always take solace in the law of God that: "It is He who gave us life; and it is also He who will cause us to die, and will again bring us back to life". Allah yaji kanka da Rahama ya hada fuskokinmu a Jannatul Firdausi. Amin.


Jibo Nura,
Nigeria.

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General Board / Btw OBJ, autonomy and the future of Nig. students
« on: February 16, 2004, 03:27:36 PM »
BETWEEN OBASANJO, AUTONOMY AND THE FUTURE OF NIGERIAN STUDENTS.
By
Jibo Nura


"There are two kinds of laws just and unjust laws. One has a moral responsibility to disobey an unjust law because an unjust law is no law at all. And any individual who disobeys a law which conscience tells him is unjust, and who accepts the penalty in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice is, in reality expressing the highest respect for law".

The above was Dr. Marthin Luther King Jnr, in his A letter from a Birmingham jail. But before I proceed, this paper will today talk on autonomy, which is the most quibbling and crucial issue that is about to wobble our universities. It is one of the prominent and restive features that the federal government, especially of Obasanjo's doesn't want us to nag at since the very day the protracted idea was introduced by her kith and kin.

Though from the beginning the reader may detect the irritating as well as provocative nature in my presentation of the word "autonomy", but I will try as much as possible to give it a gentleman's perspective. The gentleness is necessary as such, due to the profundity of the topic, whereas the provocative ness stemmed from the inextricable complexity of the ulterior motives behind the university autonomy. And this is not also unconnected with the government's systematic arrangements to crumble not only the universities but also educational system in the country.

Autonomy in a simple lexicon means:the freedom for a country, a region or an organization to govern itself independently it also means the ability to act and make decisions without being controlled by anyone else. But autonomy in terms of universities scale of reference as asserted by Prof. Adamu Baikie in his maiden lecture at the 10th and 11th convocation ceremony of ATBU, Bauchi, held on December 2002 that "Autonomy for universities is therefore a recipe for self control, discipline, creativity and innovation without which the university system may be incapable of sustaining itself let alone put autonomy into effect. Prof Baikie further said "autonomy is also a challenge to the survival of universities. Parents and students will, in future be very selective and discriminatory in their choice of universities to attend..."
Here, the observations that I would like to drive from Baikie's explanation, which I would want to put as a cardinal question is that since the whole idea of a university being autonomous; encompass among other things, the issue of funding and finance, how can parents and students cope with the outrageous tuition and school fees, not to even talk of being selective and discriminatory in their choice(s)? And while we are saying this, we should at the same time appreciate the fact that these universities are situated in a place where more than 85% of the entire populace are wallowing in poverty. We may not come to grip with the reality of the situation until a comprehensive package of government's meaning of autonomy is opened up. In his speech during the inauguration of the governing councils of the federal universities in May 2002, president Olusegun Obasanjo charged the members of the council to take full responsibility for the failure or success of the universities over which you would preside. For this reason you will be granted the much desired autonomy to shape the destiny of your institutions the best way you deem fit. In another related development, however, the federal ministry of education stated thus:

Autonomy for universities is defined in terms of their freedom to govern themselves, appoint their key officers, determine the conditions of service of their staff; control their student admissions and academic curricula, control their finances and generally regulate themselves as independent legal entities without undue interference from federal government. But as Baikie argued elsewhere that" this cannot thrive in the Nigerian university system if the administration of the university fails to uphold the principles of democracy". Not only this, there are still a lot of questions that we need to raise to both federal government and university administrators. For instance, under the current epoch and by virtue of the federal government's ambivalent attitude toward education, one should ask whether: the environment is well enabled for universities to assume absolute power when their entire budgetary allocation to education, is just a paltry sum of less than 5% of the national budget? Was this not the bone of contention that made ASUU and the federal government closed down universities for six month? If so, then we need to ask ourselves that if Obasanjo cannot afford to sacrifice certain-ample percentage to educational sector, how and where will the university administrators scout and get the money that would adequately cater for the survival of these universities when such autonomy is granted to them?

As somebody asserted that "there is a very important aspect of autonomy that is crucial and without which the sustenance of autonomy will be seriously impaired and that is funding. If a university assumes the status of autonomy would that absolve government from funding the programmes of the university?"

Article 17, of the Kampala Declaration on intellectual freedom and social Responsibility stated that:

The state has an obligation and a social responsibility towards academic and academic institutions. The state shall continuously ensure adequate funding for research institutions and institutions of higher education. Such funding shall be determined in consultation with an elected body of the institution". The Kampala declaration further stated "the state should continue to fund institutions of higher learning as an obligation in spite of the autonomous status of the institutions".

Now this brings us to one of the major themes of this analysis.
The issue of tuition and school fees:

As an ardent believer in Dr. Luther King Junior's school of thought, I always feel belittled whenever justice is accused, misrepresented and pauperized. But why I say so, was because of what Mr. President did, which I do not think, is done anywhere in the world.

Recently, Obasanjo called all the Nigerian Vice-chancellors and gave them one-man quadruple decisions. One out of those decisions states "hence forth, the students accommodation fees should be charged at N10, 000.00 per bed space". And that very soon the federal government will release certain amount of money to all universities, and once that money is released, each university can go ahead to either source or charge suitable fees from students that it deem fit for the running of its affairs. And this is just a prelude to overt withdrawal of its commitments and responsibility.

Already, there is fear and uncertainties inflicted in the minds of students and parents that by next session the federal government may decide to ask all the universities to charge between N40-50, 000.00 as tuition fees, plus the N10, 000.00 bed space which when put together stands for N50-60, 000.00 per student!

At this juncture, I have no choice than to base my argument within the legal and constitutional framework so that in the end everybody can picture and judge for himself.

Chapter Two section 18(1) of the 1999 constitution stated, "Government shall direct its policies towards ensuring that there are equal and adequate educational opportunities at all levels. However, the same chapter section 18 (3)(a-d) stated clearly that every Nigerian is entitled to: free, compulsory and universal primary education; free secondary education; free university education; and free adult literacy programme".

Therefore, I do not know what precedent the president used in arriving at such inimical sum of N10, 000.00 accommodations fee. And I would live to ponder and ask my self over time that are our law makers really aware of the serious implications and dangers involved in allowing such a unilateral law decision making; or are they just sitting idle at Abuja warming chairs; watching "prophet Obasanjo" manning Nigeria unilaterally? I suppose it is the duty of the federal ministry of education, House committee on education, the Nigerian University Commission, Vice- chancellors, Students union bodies, Labor unions, SSANU, NASU and ASUU that are much more closer to students affairs vis-?-vis; welfare, tuitions, accommodations, academic matters etc. But definitely not Obasanjo!

 If this single-decision making act is allowed to continue, however, then definitely the end results are unprecedented multi dimensional problems. What is even quite disturbing here is the way students will be forced out of school unnecessarily due to the inadequate resources to meet up with this 'fee of a thing'. For instance, according to ASUU, BUK chapter" 70% of Nigerian students cannot afford to go to school because of autonomy".

Actually, what this unwholesome idea implies is that if a student is not ready to pay, then he/she should just give way. And those that feel can afford, which I believe, are the sons of the most influential peoples at Abuja, do not know anything much in the academics. It is very astonishing to note with dismay that the students who cannot afford, are the brilliant ones, whereas those who can are the dullest. On the other hand, if a student wants to go and rent accommodation outside campus, this also has a serious implication to especially our female students. Because once you subject them to environments where the atmosphere is not conducive for learning, due to either congestion and/or other social vices, then they will definitely become much more vulnerable to danger. For example, taking ABU as a case study. Once you allowed your daughter to rent a house at either Samaru, Gyallesu or Rimin tsiwa environs, you have just succeeded in exposing her to social attacks, due to the fact that such environments are not unconnected with certain undesirable elements, who will always utilize that as an opportunity to either rape or engage your daughter in prostitution etc. Hence their security is not ensured. And this has greater negative effect to our socio- educational savvy. Alas, parents and students must know that by next session, they either settle the N10, 000.00 score with Obasanjo or face the wrath of the sin they never commit.

But the fact of the matter is that Nigerian students, parents and human rights groups can successfully challenge this via a competent court of jurisdiction by seeking order of certiorari and/or mandamus that will force ?"president Obasanjo" and his proponents from implementing such unconstitutionally diabolical decision. Though it doesn't cost a blind man to know that the standard of this country's judiciary has reached its nadir, but I am confident this can be challenged. And this is very essential to the sustenance of our educational etiquettes. Also most importantly, by virtue of what is happening, the federal government may not continue to fund universities not to even talk of increasing their allocations. The options left to the universities and us are very crucial to our educational emancipation. As Prof. Baikie cited sometimes last year that "The culture of paying tuition fees has not been allowed to gain roots in universities and we are all familiar with the dangers inherent in mentioning the idea let alone introduce the payment of tuition fees in our tertiary institutions: Incidentally I am sure some of you saw the demonstration of British university students on the DSTV against the proposal to introduce what is described as "top up fees" over and above the one thousand pounds( f 1, 000. 00) about (200, 000 Naira) now being paid by students. Prof explained that "The British universities said that they would need ten Billion pounds to rehabilitate themselves and bring their universities to the level of American universities. The British Government is in no position to provide that level of funding and the idea of "Top up fees" was suggested and that led to the demonstration by students".

However, one thing that has to be made clear here is that, even in the developed countries, there are Non Governmental Organizations who offer free grants and scholarships that can allow one to settle tuition and registration fees. Now the question is how many such organizations do we have in Nigeria that offer free grants and scholarships? How many well to do Nigerians can make financial contributions to universities? One might be tempted to reflect on the oil companies like Shell, Chevron, Mobil etc, that gives scholarships to the citizens. But we should know and appreciate the fact that these companies only gives scholarship on the basis that they are exploiting our National wealth. And even if we agree on that, the question still remains, how many are they in number, compared to the NGO's abroad and also compared to the majority of Nigerian students? Let us therefore call a spade a spade. We should not take America or Britain as a case to our own.

Back to my earlier assertion, the issue of 'Autonomy' distinct from academic freedom:

Here, the role of Ahmadu Bello University on 'Autonomy' is commendable.

Due to this vague and polemic idea, the ABU community constituted a committee to study the implications of federal government policy on autonomy. And their findings is stated thus:

"Autonomy means allowing the academic and administrative organs of the university, established by law and statues, and in pursuit of the educational, research, and man power development policies and programmes set for them by these government. The university would be totally terminated of arbitrary directions and interference ?from the presidency, the National University Commission (NUC), the federal ministry of Education and other ministries and agencies".

But this view is diametrically opposed to the ABU Committee's belief, which concluded that:

"The reality on the ground is that the federal government owns the federal universities and shall continue to largely finance them. It has together with the local and state governments, heavy responsibilities in the area of education which it has to shoulder".

Nonetheless, many flows were detected in the government's version of autonomy by ASUU. ASUU detected a total of 103 flows full of unconstitutionality, human rights violations, negation of agreement's previously entered with government, funding etc. ASUU concluded that the bill is inimical to the interest of universities. Hence it was out rightly rejected.

Whereas government and its cronies are advocating an ill - version of autonomy others see it as a complete departure from academic freedom. This reminds me of a certain personality, who is currently a minister in Obasanjo's cabinet. The man being an ardent believer of autonomy declared: that he has more than 10 children who are schooling, and he can always sponsor them all. His only prayer is that let there be autonomy. But when he was asked on where he got the money, he could not answer. And don't forget that this was the same man who once told his students in the university that when he was young, he could not see a Television set in their house for over 11 years due to his parents' abject condition. But as destiny have it; this man is now on the helm of affairs, and instead of him to reflect back to his moribund status quo, he was very far from it. What a pity!

Therefore, these kinds of people should know that their own meaning of autonomy is a direct reproach to academic freedom.

Academic freedom according to the Accra Workshop of 1972,  "Is that freedom which should be interpreted to mean the liberty of the university to determine course content and curricula, what to teach and how to teach; it must embrace the liberty to do research, publish and disseminate knowledge freely without let or hindrance. This is the fundamental freedom which African universities must defend at all times".

However, the world university service defined academic freedom as  "the freedom of members of academic community, individually or collectively, in the pursuit of development and transmission of knowledge through research, study, discussion, documentation. Production, creation., teaching, lecturing and writing".

Ideally, this is the definition of academic freedom in absolute terms, which is supposed to live with autonomy as husband and wife in perfect harmony. But the way Obasanjo government has completely defined these two (academic freedom and autonomy), is not different from academic slavery and educational segregation between the rich and the down trodden. What they want is a situation where education would be left for the sons of the richest vocal few individuals. This is also not different from mortgaging Nigeria's educational sector to private hands. The systematic elimination of the public schools from the scheme of things is Obasanjo's prime target. But one irony here is this: more than 90% of all the government machineries, which are occupying one position or the other, were product of public schools. As a result I found it very difficult to believe whether our policy makers are not suffering from "schizophrenic overzealous ness". Whenever it comes to matters of national importance, one will definitely sympathize with Nigeria on the way things are happening nowadays. One may even have the guts to say that nobody respects law in Nigeria.

Finally, whether we like it or not, funding of universities will certainly remain a major issue that the federal government must continue to shoulder as a responsibility. Obasanjo should know that education is our births right not a privilege. We must therefore be given as such. I therefore urge all the student union bodies ASUU, SSANU, NASU, Labour union, parents and every stakeholder. To please take it up as an ample responsibility and ensure the fear of God, that provided we are alive, this act must not be allowed to happen. As Dr. Bala Usman had it that  "We should not be afraid of pursuing our rights to the fundamentals. We should not also be afraid of being analytical as long as we are guided by patriotic commitment. We can make mistakes but we can as well learn, if we are genuinely committed. We should not allow any one to throw 'experience' and 'ideas' at us and make us incoherent and mental and emotional clients. These are absolutely essential for any meaningful activity whether it concerns natural or social phenomena. There is no conflict whatsoever between this and action; that is action committed to and directed to meaningful goals are inseparable. We cannot have one without the other. What is wrong. useless and should be avoided and exposed is talk hot air jargon".

Surely, these acts must not be allowed to survive.

Jibo Nura,

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