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« on: September 04, 2007, 07:19:56 AM »
I dont see anything wrong with it.... (ok maybe not entirely..).. I think it provides a very good medium for expression which is essential to allow us all feel a part of the system... for we the talakawa simply put, we love it... I am no scholar but in my opinion, there is nothing wrong with this from the islamic perspective. What Islam frowns at is making wrongful allegations which cannot be proven against someone.. We need to differenciate between Islam's prohibition of unguarded utterances and the freedom to express one's self. Islam places no prohibition on self expression except that it should be carried out with certainty, responsibility and care. Creativity is borne out of expression and creativity was the corner stone of the great Islamic empire...

If you are recommending that we find a way to distill our utterances so as not to wrongfully castigate someone, I couldnt agree more. Fantastic idea, fine and good.. but to cancel the entire program.. haba dan Allah!!... As Hajia Husna so brilliantly pointed out, this program provides an ideal battle ground away from the blood letting on the streets.. I know and admit that it's not perfect, but if it helps save lives, property, and instill order in the society, i say ride on!!

In the future, (if it survives that long) maybe some regulation would be neccessary but then knowing Nigeria, some "person's of power" would then hijack it and use it as a propaganda machine to incite people and cause chaos so for now i think it's fine..

About Islamising the political scene, please I want to seek some clarification as to your recommendation because I think I may misunderstand you a bit. According to your post, you explain that this program divides the ummah and pits people against each other, whereas the ummah should be united right? In effect, by implication, the solution you propose is for the dissolution (or amalgamation) of the multi-party system generally in preference for a single party system in which the ummah will unanimously stand behind a single candidate, more like a referendum than an election... am I right? is that what you imply? please clarify for me. If by any chance I am wrong in my interpretation please pardon me. Just correct me..


General Board / Re: Northern states to generate own power
« on: September 04, 2007, 06:58:30 AM »
Very good development, as it would help the entire country and ease the strain on the national grid...For the north it is crucial as our industries are in desperate need for power to resurrect themselves. If that is all they can achieve in the next four years, it would still be a magnificient feat. Allah ya taimake su...

Slight correction Alhaji Waduz, it's an initiative of the northern governors not that of the president so you cant use that to ascertain whether or not he is a patriotic northerner, we're still waiting to see in that regard.... However, I hope for the intrest of this country, he doesnt prove to be sentimental and hang as merely a patriotic northerner but go all out and stand as a patriotic Nigerian, showing every one from all parts of the country, irrespective of tribe or religion, that he can stand for honesty, integrity, truth, justice, fairness and be of benefit to all.. afterall isnt that what being a true northerner is all about?.. 

General Board / Re: Images that changed the world
« on: August 19, 2007, 10:54:48 AM »
Very powerful and moving stuff for anyone with a heart....there are a few more I saw not too long ago covering Palestine, lebanon, the flooded areas of Bangladesh, the tamil areas of Sri Lanka.... the world is seriously sick and unfortunately man, filled with greed and lust, n in ultimate thirst for power and supremacy, continues to make it worse... why? Is it an inherent nature? why does nationalism, tribalism, race or religious affiliation blind us?

while most of those pictures are related to the effects of war, sadly, some of such worrying situations happen even in countries not fighting any war.... Dave thank you for sharing. Thank you for reminding us of how cruel man is to his fellow man, a feat unrivalled in nature, and thank you for reminding us that the greatest good one can ever do is to lift a burden off the shoulders of another...

Thank you...

General Board / Nigeria is not unique
« on: August 08, 2007, 11:12:11 AM »
I always thought Nigeria was unique with it's problems. Aparantly not!! I recently came across this BBC article about another country whose problems echo our (or is probably even worse). What I'm most impressed about the article is that it hits the nail exactly on the head... With the kind of seasoned thiners on this site, lets see if we can develop a model solution for Nigeria......

here's the article,

General Board / Re: VOICE OF THE MASSES
« on: July 07, 2007, 11:02:41 AM »
Ma sha Allahu Dan Borno, Allah ya ba da lada. Speaking for myself, Insha Allahu I'll do my best

General Board / Re: Please Hold Candle Now
« on: July 07, 2007, 10:56:58 AM »
I recently conducted a study into the use of alternative energy in buildings. My study revolved around single buildings and communal use of such energy. To be honest, the cost of solar panels does not at present make it economically viable to use at all. This is in industrialised economies not just in our case. Most people in the industrialised economies use it as a symbol of their shift towards "Green architecture" and "saving the planet". It has nothing to do with the level of sunshine, because these cells work on light, not heat. The maintenance and initial cost of production of the panels means that we obviously cannot afford it, considering that in our case, since we don’t manufacture it locally, importation costs will also have to be included to this already high bill. But it is getting cheaper as research continues. Maybe later, but for now, I think not.

Wind energy on the other hand is more economical and very viable. The problem is it can most beneficially be used in high altitude locations, or in coastal areas, where wind velocity is high. Maybe in places like Jos it maybe feasible. If we can get an appropriate location, the benefits from this sort of energy is immense, as it is cheap, with limited maintenance cost. The problem is we need lots and lots of turbines to supply the amount of energy we're talking about, which means lots of open space in high wind velocity areas. I think wind turbines are an excellent idea if a good location is found and if they are built to sufficient quantity (economies of scale).  Off shore wind farms on the coastal areas, where lots of wind turbines are arraigned like a farm, collectively generating energy and taking advantage of high winds in these areas, will be a fantastic idea. I recently read that the UK government intends to lure investment into one of these, aimed at producing almost 1/3 of its entire household energy needs.

I agree with Hajia Husna, as per the coal idea.

Another option would be ethanol fuel. There's a report I read sometime ago about the use of ethanol fuels in Brazil. They power their cars with such alternative fuels and that has made them completely oil independent. And it gets it all from "SUGAR CANE". It’s not an entirely simple process, but its nothing we cannot learn from.

I think the best solution for us would be to use a combination of these energy sources to meet our needs. The government in my opinion, should hold on to its present energy sources and improve their efficiency, and not invest in any other. then it should provide incentives through tax breaks, land incentives, import waivers, and other economically beneficial incentives, to lure investors into these alternative sources, particularly, coal, ethanol and wind, and simply regulate their activities, as it does with gsm regulators. This could be at a federal level or at state level. The idea is to generate business to business relationship, making businessmen see the economic viability of providing reliable and dependable energy which other businesses need to survive.

The reason for this is simple, capital investment from businessmen (and women of course), means that the energy company will be driven to continual innovation and efficiency in order to outdo competition, generate the maximum profit with minimal operating expenditure and develop a viable local workforce. But most importantly, industries will be spurred back into action, due to the renewed reliability, flexibility and less bureaucracy associated with private sector ventures. Therefore, companies are taken off the national grid and are linked to private sector energy providers. The benefit for you and me (the common man), is that there is freer capacity on the erstwhile national grid, for government to dedicate that to households, while providing subsidies to make it cheaper and more affordable as it deems fit, especially in the rural areas, where we most obviously cannot afford to pay what the big boys in the cities can pay. Everyone ends up being happy.

General Board / Re: VOICE OF THE MASSES
« on: June 22, 2007, 05:01:01 PM »
"Araba" is quite an interesting issue which has come up for quite a while and ironically unlike other issues, its agitators cut across the entire strata of the Nigerian society. One major advocate for such being Mallam Waziri, I hope he can "tofa" his "albarkaci" into this discusssion.

On the streets of Nigeria, all masses from all around the country face the same problem. Poverty all across the country, inefficiency, corruption, no electricity, insecurity, all these are themes that exist in all parts regardless of the cultural leanings of the people. The only difference is the magnitude of exposure and the precedence of one problem over another, depending on location. Therefore, even if Nigeria splits, will this problem go away? To be honest, I think not. It would continue to follow us into the many facets we have split into.

This is because, in my opinion, our problem is a collection of personal problems that have amassed to define the direction of our nation. Yes, I agree that without a doubt the system gave birth to this personal problem, but so long as there is no willingness on our part to tackle these inherent problems collectively and individually and to take our own destiny in our hands, then things cannot work, regardless of how many pieces we split into.

I was with a colleague of mine a few days ago, and he narrated to me the circumstances surrounding the gubernatorial election in BAUCHI state, where Mu’azu was said to have used all the power available to him to ensure that Yuguda does not win. But Alhamdulillah, the people of Bauchi demonstrated that even within a completely corrupt and unfair political system as ours, the people should they decide to, can make things right. Yuguda was neither in control of the Security outfits, nor the electoral body nor any instrument of power, all he had was (Allah on his side) the good will of the people and the people merely defended what they felt was right. A similar incident was said to have been recorded in 2003, in Kano when Mallam was elected and Kwankaso, booted.

That is the true voice of the people which is beginning to cry out. The masses want a system that works, a system where all will be rewarded and that fulfils individual aspirations. A system where electricity, water, security, education and all, will be permanent features. In my opinion, the people can surely get all that, should we decide that we will collectively work together to give it to ourselves, through the choices we make, the leaders we choose and through our collective efforts. All we need to do as a people is be clear about our priorities and to take responsibility for our collective destiny. If it could work in the political scene, where bribery, theft, corruption are as common as oxygen, then why not in other areas which we require to rebuild our communities? Frankly, I am immensely hopeful that despite the failures of our fathers, this generation will finally be waking up to its responsibilities.

Splitting Nigeria up will therefore not solve the issue. True federalism, where the country is made up of economically independent city states with the centre being merely responsible for critical issues of National security; foreign policy etc. may be a better option. I must confess I know little about political systems, but I do know that judging by our cultural diversity, a single integrated political system will not be appropriate. The option of economically independent city states all converging under the auspices of a national body may be most appropriate. What we operate at the moment is a similar system, with too much power and economic clout hinging on the centre. But I’m sure that y’all are more suited to discuss this than me…

General Board / OIL IN GHANA!!! Blessing or curse?
« on: June 21, 2007, 01:37:23 AM »
As-salam alaikum,
Hurray for Ghana!!! As i'm sure everyone is now aware, Ghana has just struck oil. This could potentially boost its economy and if managed properly, make Ghana Africa's shining star. However a slight problem may exist. I recently read an insightful article describing the state of African (and some south american) oil producing nations. very very few countries have been able to harness the benefits of oil, instead (according to the article) nearly all relatively stable countries have plunged into one form of conflict or the other after the discovery of oil. and even where conflict is averted, curroption, mismanagement and inefficiency has meant that these countries never take economic benefit of the new found oil wealth.

I put forth a question therefore, considering the plight of Nigeria and other African and south american countries, is Oil a blessing or a curse? What does this therefore mean for the new kid on the block, Ghana? Do we rejoice or do we weep?

General Board / Re: VOICE OF THE MASSES
« on: June 20, 2007, 12:26:50 AM »
The recurrent idea for a strong military type leader is indeed a sound one. I agree that in its present form as is currently practiced, democracy is not ideal for the Nigerian environment. It allows room for all sort of “idiocy” to publicly litter our political landscape and leadership circles.

The idea of a selfless military leader is fantastic. We need such people to instil the rule of law and to bring discipline back into the Nigerian system. On that point I very much agree with you Husna. My worry with this is that it would only work if the leader is selfless and if he indeed upholds the ethos of fairness and justice. If not, then we’re stuck with him without having any possible means of saving ourselves. Unfortunately, even from the cadre of military leaders we have had over time, we have had a lot more bad ones than good ones. Therefore, this system may not work either.

We probably need a hybrid. Something that allows for such leadership, while also instilling accountability.

I also agree that the powers that be, may not be predisposed to the idea of an independent and courageous leader may rule a country like Nigeria, a country with such strategic importance to the global energy market. History is awash with examples of such interferences, the most common one being Omar Torijos of Panama. His valour could not be tolerated by the powers that be. His style of people oriented leadership and the right of self determination that he gave to his people along with his firm stance for the freedom of panama and its highly strategic canal, made him a firm US enemy no.1. He was assassinated and replaced by a subservient ruler who gladly left the canal in US control.

General Board / Re: VOICE OF THE MASSES
« on: June 19, 2007, 05:30:08 PM »
Dave, are you implying a military type leader, who would rule above the constitution? Or an Obasanjo type democratic leader to whom the constitution is irrelevant? To be honest, while that may be effective, it may also be a recipe for instant chaos.

If he suspends the constitution on what basis therefore will he/she rule?
What will govern his responses to situations?
What role with the judiciary play?
Will he be forced to respect the rule of law? If so, considering the fact that the constitution is suspended, what law are we talking about? 
To whom will he be accountable? Or does he then reign supreme and cannot be held accountable? In this day and age, can there really be people to whom unlimited power such as you suggest can be given and they judiciously expedite their duties, while not being accountable to anyone?  While I would also hope that the answer to that will be yes, unfortunately, the reality belies our hopes.

Yes we need selfless visionary leadership, but such a dedicated visionary must work within the framework of the law and a national constitution for two principal reasons.
Firstly, it would allow him to demonstrate the effectiveness, transparency and efficiency of the rule of law and the national constitution, to show that no one is above it, and that a Nigerian society can truly be built on it. This would instil order in the society and therefore show people that without recourse to more violent means, justice can always be served. Secondly, such a constitution can provide the people with a means to checkmate the negativity of a bad ruler and those to whom the law means nothing. This we so clearly saw over the last year (tazarce!!!!).

I agree that leadership is everything, but to be honest, I am more inclined to the notion that our problem lies from our inability to take personal responsibility for our plight. Imagine what would happen if a community come together under the auspices of a council of some sort and decide that they will be developing a strategic approach to (for example) agriculture such that they aim to produce enough food within the next farming season to sufficiently feed themselves and to export to other neighbouring communities. As visionaries within such a community, they could transform there own agro-economic base and turn that into a significant money earner for themselves on an individual basis. We wouldn’t need Aso rock to achieve this in Damaturu (my state capital!!!). We wouldn’t need anyone suspending any constitution either. All we would need is a general sense of personal responsibility to the plight of our community and a general dedication to make things right. In this case, such a commitment will even pay us. But unfortunately, we’re a lot more comfortable blaming the government.

Please don’t get me wrong, we have a right to blame the government as it is its responsibility to provide all we need. Yes, I know, but since they don’t, what should we do? Even if we revolt, fight them and replace them, we’ll still end up with leaders with very similar mentalities. It would simply be a rat race. Therefore what do we do? We quite simply take responsibility for our communities and do what we can to develop ourselves hoping that one day, we would be internally developed enough to be of immense benefit to the world. History has shown that self determination and individual dedication is the only way a society can effectively move forward.

General Board / Re: Yaradua as President - What is the strategy?
« on: June 03, 2007, 01:06:05 AM »
Toh Mallam Umaru, Allah ya taya riko..

General Board / Re: Musa Yar Adua - What was his track record
« on: May 26, 2007, 10:41:43 AM »
while I am no politician, Hajia Husna, a very inciteful article indeed.. and it further confirms rumors going round about the nature of his we all know BABA, I hope he doesnt cook up a dangerous game trying to counter Yar'adua's "autonomy" ... Allah dai ya sa mu kare lafiya..

General Board / Re: Hama vs Fatah;What a demoralizing?
« on: May 24, 2007, 02:26:37 AM »
To be honest Alhaji Muhsin, I haven’t heard this theory. But it seems very plausible. Think about it.

The Palestinian people predominantly back Hamas.

As a joint force, Hamas and Fatah speaking with one voice would signify Palestinian unity.

The election victory of Hamas means that should they obtain and maintain political dominance and decide to use their mandate to further their cause, they would give their plight a lot more legitimacy in the international arena.

Therefore, all effort could be channelled to deny hamas the opportunity to rule in peace, by instigating fatah against them. It actually makes sense because it forces Hamas to fight back, therefore, loosing its’ standing in the international world, and ensures that in the absence of law and order, chaos will reign, further crippling the government and giving credence to the theory that Hamas is a violent and terrorist organisation.

This is however completely conjecture and has no factual backing what-so-ever.

I have to also say that it should’ve been fairly obvious to Hamas that without making concessions, they cannot with their present motto, continue to receive funding from the powers. That much was obvious. How can Israel collect tax and on behalf of the Palestinian government and give it to that same government to build up capability to fight them? Come on? You don’t have to be an Israeli to understand why that will never happen.

While it is easy to blame Israel or the "powers that be", I think a more productive approach would be, to Question the tactics of Hamas in dealing with this onslaught. Hamas should've known that judging by its reputation and the fierce nature of opposition from the international as well as the Israeli community, all efforts would be made to frustrate them. I have to say that was fairly obvious. Therefore, (as difficult as it may be), I feel, they should've thought about this and therefore planned how to effectively circumvent these powers, and introduce greater diplomacy and dynamic governance. The concept should’ve been to prove to the world that contrary to what you may think, we are indeed capable of building a successful government that can cater to the needs of our people. The idea is to appreciate the fact that all hope would be on the government to fail and therefore aim to prove them wrong.

I am no politician and to be honest I've lost all interested in politics. I just feel though, that Hamas ought to appreciate the value of long term planning, and to know, that the best chess players are great, not because they think well about their move before they make it, but because they anticipate their opponents' move and then counter it before it happens.... and through the eyes of the global powers, what else is global politics, if not a game?

« on: May 22, 2007, 08:46:39 PM »
Alanguro (Dan Borno).. Allah ya kiyaye hanya.... Insha Allah, notin de happen!!

General Board / Re: Amazing
« on: May 22, 2007, 08:44:36 PM »
Allahu Akbar!!.. it really is amazing.. i've never seen anything like this.... turns the whole food chain upside down....

wow.. Animals are incredible, makes you think about the greatness of thier creator.. thanks for sharing this ..

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