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General Board / In Europe, unmarried parents on rise
« on: April 21, 2006, 11:41:35 PM »

Waziri I am trying hard to see the connection between what I wrote (and many shared the same sentiment) with what you are contending. I don't believe there is one of us, on the forum, who chastised EMTL for bringing up the issue. The way I see it, problems rich Europeans are suffering from should be at the bottom of our concerns at the moment.

Also, the idea that  EMTL ( who is from a city a cherish too much - Funtua) has the right to discuss whatever he may want to discuss on board here in as much as he does not identify with the profane. is not totally true either. I mean, how many times did admin censor ( and I support some of the decisions) sammy (and others like him) for introducing posts that people consider profane? What we consider profane others dont- which is exactly why they post them . I should add that I dont think EMTL's post should be axed.
But I digress.......

I do agree with you that we cannot be an isolated place where all issues are local. Globalization has`destroyed that reality and I doubt anything can be done to stop it. I do, however, feel that the issue of unwed mothers adds absolutely nothing to the myriad of problems we have in Nigeria- or in the World for that matter.

We are here to discuss issues with practical relevance. Unwed mothers in Europe is not!


General Board / In Europe, unmarried parents on rise
« on: April 18, 2006, 10:35:14 PM »

EMTL I think it is better for us to concentrate on our own problems here at home. Europeans have a very generous, if archaic, social system that ensures no citizen is left in poverty.

Now contrast that with what we have here in Nigeria where divorced women are left to fend for themselves. Even the old  family based social secuirty is becoming less common as a result of the pathetic umemployment and poverty plaughing our dear nation. No wonder the increase in beggars is coming from able bodied (or is it marri-able) women.

As secularists, european don't really find any problems with unmarried mothers. I guess they are more worried about the socio-economic implications of this than they are of its moral aspects. Productivity falls as a result of this because well trained people are frequently on maternity leave etc.

Quite honestly, I think it is none of our business. If that is what they choose so be it. After all, haven't we been told lukum deenikum waliya deen?

A huta lafiya!

General Board / Whither dictatorship?
« on: March 03, 2006, 11:35:03 PM »
My reply to this post is a simple one. What exactly is "whither"?

General Board / Killings, Killing, and More Killings over comical cartoons
« on: February 23, 2006, 02:08:07 AM »

Sammy, if you are a Nigerian, then you must know exactly what causes this kind on nonsense. There is hardly anyone on this forum who will condone or justify what happened in Borno. Murder is murder is murder and it is wrong. Of course this should not be tied to Islam simply because violence, especially mob violence, is detested in Islamic tradition.

Before you disagree, take note of the fact that more muslims are victims of terrorism than any other set of people. There have been more than 45,000 Muslims killed in Iraq, by other muslims, simply because the terrorists don't share their world view.

The underlying cause of this madness (in maiduguri) is SocioEconomic. If one looks closely at what the target is and who the targeted, it can be seen that the prosperous communities- the Igbos, are the ones who bear the brunt of this senselessness. Why? because the native Hausa (or kanuris) are envious of the kind of success these 'foreigners' achieved in 'their' lands. If this weren't the reason, then the protestors (who are infact murderous gangs) would have attacked european symbols in the metropolis.

Let me quickly point out that OBJ's obsession with his third term bruhaha played a part in the crisis. Maiduguri, as many know, is one of the cities where the JCRC is supposed to sit. Katsina's case is no different.

Just in case you have not heard, there have been reprisal attacks in Onitsha where over 200 Hausa (presumably Muslims) were killed. Does that make Igbo Christians 'blood thirsty animals'- as you described Hausa Muslims? The answer is no. Neither group of belligerents represents the true teaching of their respective faiths.

I believe you have already made up your mind on what islam is so there is no reason trying to reason with you. I will however leave you with this thought, what Muslims do does not necessarily represents what Islam requires them to do. If you can wrap you head around this line of reasoning then I guess you are not entirely a hopeless case.

May the Almighty guide you and I

« on: February 21, 2006, 05:27:45 AM »

I had this feeling for along time that Hisba will one day be proscribed. I can't say that I am entirely dismissive of the federal govt's argument ( against Hisba as an entity not its conduct) . Let me quickly make it clear, though, that I think it is preposterous to think that the Hisba people will callously seek Jihadi training from Iranians or Libyans from their embassies in Abuja like the MOI insunuated. Who are they going to fight, if I  may ask?

Truth be told, I have always felt that hisba was NOT a good idea. Not because Rabiu plumber said so or because the MOI said so but because there is absolutely no way for a federal arrangement like Nigeria to have 'parallel' police forces. There have been many attempts, some through nuku nuku, trying to define Hisba's role as not being a police force but the issue still remains that, if they have the right to make arrests or enforce laws made by the state govt, what then differentiates them from the regular police force?

The solution to this impasse is one which the Northern establishment loathes- the establishment of state police. When lagos and some other southern states tried to do it, the so called Northern elders cried foul and campaigned vigorously against it because they, in their jaundiced view, think it will undermine the authority of the central govt ( that was when they were in the good books of OBJ). Now, here we are facing this issue again which is now in fron of the supreme court.
I can bet (and I am not a betting man) that Kano will lose this case simply because it has no merit.
The task of enforcing laws, state or federal, rests with the corrupt Nigeria Police force. Until we change that in the impending consititutional review exercise, we will continue to live with the situation whereby states are making laws with no one to enforce them.

If I may ask, and I need people to answer this objectively, do we really need the hisba? Has their existence stamped out the endemic problems of rape  
 and drug abuse plaguing Kano? They are, I acknowledge, rather good in impounding achabas.

Allah ya taimake mu gaba daya.....

General Board / Should Gwandu be ousted
« on: January 11, 2006, 06:41:03 PM »

I will keep this brief. As a result of the massive failure experienced in this years Hajj (supritended by the Nigerian officials), do you think the current officials (those responsible for the shoddy preparation) should retain their seats?
I personally think Prof Gwandu should take the best way out - that of honor- by resigning his appointment now.
What do you think?

Barka da Sallah to all......

General Board / No, No BPE, NITEL is worth more
« on: December 31, 2005, 03:21:57 AM »

Bearing any last minute changes, and believe me OBJ's goons are bad at negotiating what is best for Nigeria, NITEL, yes that company we all love to hate for those wannan nambar da aka buga an tsayarda da ita na wucen gadi, will be sold to Orascom of Egypt for a stinking $256m. Yes 250 freaking million or about $100m more than what TAFA balogun stole from NIgeria.

I should make it clear though that I am totally FOR selling NITEL. I mean, at a time when MTN is making almost =N= 19B profit annually, what possible excuse does NITEL have for not doing better considering its existing infrastructure and other advantages?

I have seen the reaction of a cross section of NIgerians on the issue. Some seem to think that how can a company that was valued at over $1b dollars 2 years back be worth 1/4 of that today? Other are simply saying, how can NITEL (+ Mtel to boot) be sold for $256m when the cost of procuring a license for Metl was over $285m?

Both complaints do have merits but not the way people are peddling them.  
* The fact that IIL ltd offered $1.3b dollars is an expression of IIL's opinion of what NITEL was worth. Normal asset valuation method's- DCF, rel val, do not apply here as 1) NITEL is a distressed company and; 2) there really isn't a single company with which to compare NITEL to. In this kind of sitaution, the acquiring firm - Orascom and Newtel ( I heard Newtel is an SPV used by some high profile Nigerians formed to fleece us all) will have to use very subjective criteria to value the company hence the divergent figures. I still, however, think that the $256m was too small

* The fact, also, that NITEL has massive liabilities (almost $1b) complicates matters. The deal selling NItel doesn't say whether or not Orascom is agreeing to absorb the debt. If it does, then the price Orascom is paying is actually much higher than $256m since Orascom has to eventually settle those liabilities. Otherwise, we will be left with the AP/SADIQ kind of fiasco which doesn't augur well for our oft claimed 'transparen conduct' in selling off national assets.

What I find most sneeky about this deal is the fact that Orascom has substantial stake (bought very recently) in the parent of the newtel consortium.
Is it a coincidence that newtel declined to make a secondary offer after both companies colluded(??) to make puny bids at the opening?
Nigerians deserve an answer and damn fast too!

General Board / Heavy Tension in Kano - between Hisbah and 'Yan Acaba
« on: December 20, 2005, 07:16:07 AM »

It is amazing to know that there is upwards of 1 million motorcycles in Kano. One can only imagine the untold damage they are wreaking by way of polluting the environment with all its attendant consequences. The main problem with motorcyclist today, I think, is less with the trade of achaba as it is with the practitioners.

The law banning yan achaba carrying women is, in my opinion, a law that doesn't conform to the exigencies of modern day Kano. That is to say govt hasn't 'dotted all tees' required for the smooth implementation of this law before bringing it into force.  I always find the gradual prohibition of alcohol in Islam a very good example of managing profound issues in the society like Kano is wishing to. But sadly, Kano did too little too late.

Lastly, the question that ought to be asked is how did this menace start and why? The answer is simple: Poverty. And like Waziri said, if govt has lived up to its resposibility, then this dangerous problem wouldn't have arisen.
To answer Waziri's question of why us, I will simply point him to our schools.....

General Board / Heavy Tension in Kano - between Hisbah and 'Yan Acaba
« on: December 16, 2005, 02:47:10 AM »

I read about this in the papers too and I am sorry to say, the Hisba- and by extension, the govt, is at fault here. I am fully aware of the law enacted in the state legislature through which the Hisba derive their power to insist that yan-achaba don't ferry women to and fro.

But, but, I sincerely think unless govt provides an alternative means of transportating the millions of poor women, who, by the way would rather not use Achaba if given the chance, there is no way this law will hold because many people will lack mobility which will further entrench the endemic poverty we are all witnessing in the city.

The solution too is a hard one. One, the govt can 'ci magani' and force upon the yan-achaba it's might in enforcing the law but this will obviously do no good as everyone knows, yan achaba can raise hell at a moment's notice when they feel slighted. Else, the govt could buy (as they have "started") buses that will convey women, kids and families. This, however, will cost billions and I doubt if govt has the means to see it through.

So what should be done? I say the law should be postponed in the mean time until such a point where all, especially the women being protected, feel the govt has provided enough buses to take care of the situation.

The simplest solution I could think of might as well be the most controversial. I mean, can't govt get some women to become "yar achaba" ko kuma "yar tasi" too? (I have heard that there are taxi drivers in Iran so this might not be that outlandish).
It is said, after all, that, "what a man can do, a woman can do better". I tend to believe this is true (not absolutely though- a little bit of fuzzy logic here, ehn?).

Allah dai ya sawwake!

General Board / Opponents of Death Penalty should read this!!!
« on: November 11, 2005, 02:32:44 AM »

Justice has finally being served for the brutal rape murder of Zainab Abdulhamid (See Daily Trust of Friday Nov 11th, 2005).

Kudos to Alhaji Aliyu Umar for dilligently prosecuting this ugly crime with the most zealousness it requires....

May Zainab's soul rest in peace and may Allah give the family capacity to bear the loss. Amin!

Kaduna-Katsina States Forum / Katsinawa fa sun motsa!
« on: October 29, 2005, 06:29:07 PM »

I tend to agree with fateez, kanawa are loosing prominence is areas, where years ago, no one dared to compete. I don't think, however, that Sabon gari is flooded with katsina because sabon is and remains an Igbo market.

I guess the question we ought to ask is, me yasa har yau Katsina bata ci gaba kamar Kano ko Kaduna ba? The potential is there but the elite in the state prefer to reside in Kaduna, Abuja and Lagos.


General Board / The One Million Naira Question...
« on: October 27, 2005, 06:35:50 PM »

Anya kalamin maigida waziri chikake ne kuwa? Ni dai na san cewa Zazzagawa basu yagawa Kanawa wurin karatu ba. A duk cikin manyan malamai da ake fadi a NIgeria, ban taba jin wanda ya fito daga Zaria' except if one considers mallam Ibrahim El Zaki Zaki (Elzakzaki) big.

Muko nan Kano munada malamai kamar su Nasiru Kabara ( Allah ya jikansa), Garba Tudun Nufawa, Gwani dan Zarga, Isa waziri and Mukhtari dan Amu in the old category and people like, Ibrahim Khalil, Ja'afaru adam, Dr Ahmad (kala haddassana), Abubakar Ramadhan (na shabbabu dan gidan mallam babba) da dai sauran su today.

Ko kuwa taakama kake da kasancewar jami'ar Ahmadu Bello a Zaria? I understand the reason it was set up there has alot do do with the intellectual tradition created by people of the Zaria Discussion circle, most of whom- like my own grandad, were from not the area.

I will stop here tunda na 'ci mutuncin' Zaria (city??) enough now.

Let the battle begin!

General Board / The One Million Naira Question...
« on: October 26, 2005, 04:39:41 PM »

I don't think it haram to sell water simply because people selling it are adding value to the product. That is, they dig the wells, put the water in the container, push it to your house and all you need to do is step outside and pay for it. Don't we have to compensate them for their labor?

On the ice business, one has to ask a few relevant questions like
-  How do you difrfrentiate your product from others ( meaning why should we buy from you as opposed to that guy across the street)?
-  What competitive advantages do you have?
- Will you run on generators of NEPA?

As for our dear friend mekudi, "online shopping" in NIgeria? Are you kidding me?
We are some 10 years away from this becoming a reality one, because there aren't many internet users and two, very few people have the tools or the means of paying for stuff bought online. I will be the last guy to give my credit card number to a Nigerian mechant because you will be burnt beyond recognition by their greed and maliciousness!

In all business decisions, we must not lose site of the golden rule of marketing: sell what people want not what you think they want.

I gotta split now!


« on: October 26, 2005, 03:36:08 AM »

I agree with mallamt that we all need to grieve with those who lossed members of their family.
But I think a better way of making sure they did not die in vain is to insist on having an open inquiry into the source of the crash and to pay blood money to the loved ones of those who lossed their lives.

The Warsaw convention, the overlooked fine print on every ticket, gives passengers insurance incase of incidents that negligently causes their death.

A total overhaul of Nigeria's aviation infrastructure and policies is needed urgently if we want to avoid mishaps like this happening in the future.

General Board / The One Million Naira Question...
« on: October 22, 2005, 07:00:02 PM »

zezezee: INTENT plays a crucial role in determining whether storing foodstuffs is hoarding or simply something else. If you look at it, the reason why prices go up is not caused by people who store food in warehouses; rather, it is caused by the reduction in cultivation of crops in the 'dry season'. Fact is, the amount stored pales in comparison to  the amount needed to bring prices down.

I am not saying storing, with the intent of getting prices to rise is not haram; only that what I outlined will not cause the rise in prices. So to borrow a word from our NYC brothers, storing is KOSHER.

If anything is haram in what I said then it must be investing in banks. The holy book is very clear on dealing with, taking, and borrowing with interest. So if one invests or even sets up a savings account in a bank that charges interest in its operations, then such a person is contravening the law of the almighty.
Sheikh Abubakar Gummi has explained that there might be an exception to this, but I can't remember how.

I actually, honestly believe, it is very uncharitable for the Nigerian government, through the customs service, to prohibit importing cars even if they were from a brotherly african country. I mean vehicles are not illegal goods so why must we restrict their inter-border trade?
Someone said if NIgeria opened up it borders fully, the costs of tokumbo, rice, textiles and many household items will fall substantially. Of course doing so will put many out of job, but to me that it a fair trade off.

Did I forget to mention that poultry farming is BIG business in NIgeria? While a mil is insufficient to start a medium scale operation, it will be enough to support you for a very long long time.

That's all for now

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