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I was at the premises of the National Museum and Monuments in Kaduna yesterday. What I saw was disturbing. It was almost five years now since I last visited the Museum. First, the locally constructed mud structure that for years provided housing to the blacksmiths that practiced their art for visitors to the Museum was partly roofless. In this rainy season, the roofless mud structure is exposed to the heavenly downpours. One needs no degree in engineering to guess the ultimate outcome of the neglect of the structure. Second, as someone who grew up in Kaduna, the Museum’s excellent landscape design was always a sight to behold. But what I saw there yesterday was an eyesore. The landscape was a far shadow of its former self. Third, the premises of the Museum had always been clean, neat and tidy; but yesterday I saw a refuse dump building on the premises! Fourth, what used to be the spacious parking space for visitors to the Museum is now reduced to an extension of the Unguwar Shanu market, as stalls and shops busy compete for space.
The Museum is our national heritage. It is a place people and tourist from around the world will come to visit; to see the window into our past. What image are we projecting to the outside world? What is the problem with the National Museum and Monument in Kaduna? Is it underfunding? Is it mismanagement? Somebody should please do something. Like charity, let us begin the business of polishing our image from home. I hope this note will not end up as a lonely cry in the wilderness.

General Board / The Madness Called Human Rights Activism!
« on: May 15, 2011, 04:21:54 PM »

Sometimes I wonder: what a large collection of dumb asses are human rights activists? In their craze pretentions of protecting human rigths, they almost always end-up backing the wrong horse. Now consider the Iranian case as a typical example. A guy who couldn’t win the heart of a young lady decided to pour acid into her eyes. At the end of the day the poor lady lost not only her sight, but has her face disfigured. A competent court of law ruled that that wicked man should also be given the same acid treatment: an eye for an eye. Now all the so-called human rights activists are shouting: given the man the acid treatment is a violation of human rights which all civilize peoples (I don’t know what 'civilize peoples' is supposed to mean!) should condemn. Hey come to think of it, they are talking of the rigth of the victimiser and not of the victim: what about the victim's rights? What manner of logic guides the reasoning of such human rights activists? Am I communicating? Will some-one please help me understand this madness?

General Board / Paying the Price for Nationhood!
« on: May 10, 2011, 05:01:18 PM »
Nigerians are a long way from attaining real nationhood. With time, luck, sacrifices and lots of prayers we may one day be a Nation in the real sense of the word. But it will continue to pain the heart, to see Nigerians been refugees in their own land: just because they ventured to live their lives outside their immediate ethno-cultural environment. My heart bleeds for my fellow countrymen and women, the victims of incessant ethno-religious crises. This is a sacrifice we have to make for the bright future we all hope for.

General Board / Re: Osama Bin Laden has Attained Matrydom!
« on: May 05, 2011, 11:37:54 AM »
And he didn't go on the planes himself. He was probably a rich coward sending others to their death while he lived in a nice luxury villa.
Going by your statement, all top military commmanders everywhere are cowards. When President Bush, as the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed forces, declared war on terrorism, whatever it meant, we didn’t see him took lead in the search for Bin Laden amongst the caves of Tora-Bora himself, rather he sat and followed events in the luxury and comfort of the Oval Office. Even in the execution of the recent murder of Bin Laden, President Obama and his military top brass remained in the comfort and luxury of their offices, while some poor SEALs get do the job. At least, Bin Laden never took decisions from such luxury points; he mingled and shared part of the risk and dangers with his followers. So next time you decide to label Bin Laden a coward, remember the bigger cowards that took, and are still taking reckless military decisions from the comfort and luxury of the White House or No 10 Downing Street.

General Board / Osama Bin Laden has Attained Matrydom!
« on: May 02, 2011, 09:06:33 AM »
Osama Bin Laden has attained matyrdom! He lived a graceful, purposeful and exemplenary life. He died galantly. The United States and her allies called him a terrorist. People like yours sincerely saw in him a freedom fighter. He was a ‘terrorist’ with a cause: one who sacrificed his resources, priviledges and comfort for that cause he lived, fought and died for. The United States has killed Bin Laden, but his cause lives on. Unless the USA summons the political will, courage and selflessness to squarely address the Bin Laden’s cause, the potential vibrancy of the cause will produce a thousand-and-one new Osama Ben Ladens.
May Allah’s Mercy shower on the soul of Mujaheed Osama Bin Laden. Amen.

General Board / Re: Though this be madness …
« on: April 26, 2011, 11:10:02 AM »
Ever wonder what a future there would be, when these youths become elders, parents and guardians?

General Board / Though this be madness …
« on: April 25, 2011, 04:32:49 PM »
Here-under is a pointer towards the key to unraveling the mystery of religious and political crises in Northern Nigeria:

There is abject poverty in the North. The brunt of the sharpest cutting edge of northern poverty rested squarely upon inhabitants of urban squalor settlements in the North. In these settlements, an amalgam of abject poverty and rapid population explosion provide fertile grounds for the rapid growth of an idle army of un-employed, un-employable, unskilled, and un-educated, drug infested, potentially criminal and violent youths. The idle minds of these impoverished, frustrated, poverty stricken youths remain the devil workshop: a ticking time-bomb for crises in the North. Until something is done, here-in is embedded the potential undoing of whatever we may hold dear to our country, Nigeria.

Hakane. Abinda hasashenmu bai hangoba shine cewa samari da matasa zasuyi bore bayan sun fara jin sakamakon zaben. Abin takaici kuma shine hasashena na biyu dana uku sun kama hanyar tabbata, domin labari ya ishemu cewa a wurare da dama wasu ‘yan uwa sun fara bankawa katin zabensu wuta saboda wauta. Wanda ya kone katin zabensa ai tamkar ya burmawa cikinsa wukane kana ya daga hannu sama yana kirari.

(a) Gobe PDP zata lika jam’iyyar CPC, ACN da duk sauran jam’iyyun adawa da kasa, saboda taurin kai, sonrai da rashin kishin talakawa yahanasu hada kai. (b) Faduwar CPC a gobe zai hana jama’a fitowa zaben 26 ga wata, saboda kusan duk ‘yan CPC suna CPC ne saboda Buhari, don haka bazasu fito zabeba bayan gwaninsu yasha kaye. (c) Kin fitowar jama’a zaben 26 ga wata, zaisa ‘yan takarar CPC susha kasa, PDP tayi galaba. Gwamnoni irin su Ibrahim Shema zasu tsallake! (e) Bayan an kafa gwamnati, tsirarun ‘yan CPC da suka ci zaben majalisun tarayya a makon jiya, zasu sake sheka su koma PDP: dama akasarinsu tsoffin ‘yan PDP ne. (f) 2015 in Allah Yakaimu, lokaci Buhari yabar siyasa sai kuma muga abinda Allah zaiyi.

General Board / Re: My Father's Photo Album
« on: March 11, 2011, 09:04:40 AM »
Amin. Thank you.

General Board / Re: My Father's Photo Album
« on: March 08, 2011, 06:25:06 PM »
Amin. Thank you. Please suggest a link to the program "promise" on the www.

General Board / My Father's Photo Album
« on: February 26, 2011, 11:39:50 AM »
My father was born in Gafai, Katsina. He grew up in Katsina before moving to Kano from where he joined the army. He was known as Ammani Kano or even as Mani Kano to his friends and colleagues in the army. He saw action in Burma during the Second World War. He retired from the army in 1963 and moved into civil life, choosing Unguwar Shanu in Kaduna as his place of residence. However, with the coming of the Nigerian Civil War in 1967, he was recalled back to arms, as most of his colleagues, to fight the war on the Federal front as an ex-NA personnels. He re-retired in 1978 and died 30 years later; on the 23rd of November 2008. He had been an amateur photographer, in addition to keeping a large collection of photograph. After his death, a lot of these photographs were left to waste for the simple reason that I and my younger ones see little use in continuing to keep them: we hadly know any of the persons in most of the pictures. Some of the photos are simply those of old friends and acquaintances of Baba in the 1950s and early 60s. However, there is one picture that made me have a change of mind. As Baba was literate, he usually wrote at the back of the pictures. On one such picture he wrote, on the 1st of January 1953, “A young man gave it to me and requested that I give it to the Amarya of (RSM) Ahmadu Dosso”. I do not know why Baba was unable to deliver the photograph to the Amarya. 58 years later, now, I decided to use the fruits of the Internet to see if I can convey the photograph atleast to the heirs of Amaryar Ahmadu Dosso, wherever they may be. This informed the creation of this blog ( In addition, some of the photographs may be of interest to students of sociology and anthropology. In this blog I intend to upload some of Baba’s collection to share them with the world, perchance someone may find some of them useful for one purpose or the other.
I am not claiming any rights to the photos published on this blog. Some of them were taken by Baba himself. Some where given to Baba. Some, no doubts, where produced by commercial photographers of the period from whence Baba obtained his own copies. Baba also kept picture cuttings from old magazines, newspapers and other prints; I hope to publish same also much later if there is need. In such cases, the sources will be properly acknowledged. Readers’ comments are welcome. May Allah have mercy on the soul of Baba, amin. 

Allah Ya gafarta masa, mukuma Yasa mucika da kyau da imani, amin. Duk mai rai, mamacine.

General Board / Re: Alhamdu lillah
« on: December 17, 2010, 03:33:59 PM »
Wish you the very best. Congrats!

General Board / Re: Northern consensus candidate: Atiku gets the nod
« on: November 25, 2010, 09:40:12 PM »
Hausawa sunce damai kama ake kota, kuma mai kaman zuwa ake aike. Do you doubt that PDP is the Party most likely to win the presidential elections come 2011? Don’t you think of the possibility that Atiku Abubakar of today is, in a way, a born again? Someone who will learn from his past mistakes and take us to the promise land. Please let us be optimistic, at least it is good for our health.

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