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Worldwide Open Letter to the Leader of Boko Haram, from Imam Luqman Ahmad

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To Abubakar Shekau, leader of Boko Haram, from Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad.

Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh. I address you with the blessed greeting of Islam under the assumption that you are a Muslim, and taking into account your statement that you are working in the cause of Allah. It is my understanding that you have received an Islamic education, and have been accustomed to delivering the khutbatul Jum’ah (Friday Sermons). Therefore, I pray to Allah that you remember the good of your teachings; that which upholds the honor and respect due to a Muslim, and I implore you, as well as myself, to fear Allah be He Exalted and Glorified.

I am the imam of a mosque in California, the United States of America, and although I am an American, I do not represent any government, any organization, any group or sect in my address to you. However, I represent myself as a Muslim of conscience, whose intention is to offer you sincere advice (naseeha), as it is your right, and who finds your taking hostage of blameless young women, and murder against the innocent, to be a reprehensible act that warrants condemnation, as well as reprisal.

First of all, let me remind you of the words of our Lord, Allah which there are no other gods beside Him; “Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain success” [3:104]. By these words, I am therefore obligated, to condemn your act of taking innocent female hostages, who were not armed, were not engaged in any military action against you, and with whom you had no legal contract of guardianship according to the laws of Islam. This obligation is also based upon the hadith of the Prophet; “whomever sees that which is detestable, he should change it with his hands, and if he is not able then (change it) with his tongue, and if he is not able, then with his heart, and that is the weakest of faith”. [Muslim].

The blood, the property, and the honor of a Muslim is sacred according to the laws of Islam, based upon the hadith of the Prophet ﷺ; “the blood, property, and the honor of a Muslim is sacred” [Muslim]. Without any justifiable claims to these young women according to the divine laws of our faith, your taking them hostage against their will, can only be regarded as disobedience to Allah, a criminal act, and in contradiction of our divine laws, warranting the condemnation of Allah.

Your removing them from the shelter of their beds is an affront, and a violation of their safety guaranteed to them by the law of God; “The Muslim, is the one from other Muslims are safe from his hand and his tongue” [Muslim]. It is also a violation of their honor which is sacred according to the edict of our holy Prophet ﷺ. These young women bear no crime which warrants their captivity and being held against their will. It is my duty to advise you that you are in violation of international law, and more importantly, the laws of God Almighty, Allah be He Exalted and Glorified.

If you claim that you have taken these girls as captives under the auspices of war, then I reiterate to you that these young women were clearly non-combatants, whose presence at the school (which you destroyed without cause), was to gain an education, and they were clearly, not armed, . If you still claim that you are at war, and that they were indeed the spoils of war, then they have the right to be ransomed by their families, a right that you neglected. If you seek to force them into sex with your followers then verily Allah has said: “But force not your maids to prostitution when they desire chastity, in order that ye may make a gain in the goods of this life. But if anyone compels them, yet, after such compulsion, is Allah, Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful (to them)” [24:33].

Regarding your claim that you are at war against Western Education, then you should know that seeking knowledge is a means by which people come to know Allah, be He Exalted and Glorified. Our scholars, may Allah have mercy upon them, have consistently upheld the value of education, and our beloved Prophet ﷺ has said: “Seeking knowledge is incumbent upon every Muslim”. You should know also that knowledge does not belong to the East, nor to the West. All knowledge is the property of the Almighty God, Allah. Of it, is that which is beneficial, and that which is not beneficial. Thus your jihad against western education is a jihad created by your own whim as it lacks textual merit according to our scriptures.

As for your desire to make your illegally acquired captives into wives, then you should know that marriages are invalid without the permission of a guardian. This is based upon the hadith of the Prophet ﷺ: “There is no marriage without a guardian and two witnesses”. [Abu Dawood].The lawful and rightful guardians of your captives, are their fathers, their brothers, their uncles, and those who are duly charged with guardianship by legal right according to the Quran and the Sunna.
The whole world finds your taking hostage of over 200 innocent Nigerian girls in the still of night, a reprehensible and condemnable act. It is an action that breaks all laws of civility, decency, and moral uprightness. If the injunctions of our Lord, and world opinion are of no concern to you, then consider if your own daughters, sisters, and mothers were taken by force in the middle of the night, and forced into captivity against their will? Undoubtedly, you would condemn such an action and find it distressing. Therefore consider the parents, the brothers, the sisters and the relatives of those whom you have taken captive, and have forcefully cut them off them from their families, while Allah sub’haanahu ta’ala has commanded that family ties are maintained and not broken. Furthermore, our beloved Prophet ﷺ has declared that: “none of you have (truly) believed until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself”. It is not befitting for you to claim to follow Islam while disregarding its most sacred tenants.

As for your slaughter of Christians, the burning of their villages, and the terrorizing of their populations, you should know that under sacred law, it is not permissible for you to fight those who do not fight you, and who have not kicked you out of your homes. “Allah forbids you not regarding those who do not fight you in your religion, and do not expel you from your homes, to do good by them and treat them justly, for verily Allah loves the just. [60:8] Their safety, and the safety of all non-combatants is a trust between you and Allah be He Elevated and Glorious, far above what they ascribe to Him. Our beloved Prophet ﷺ had covenants with the Christians of Najran, the Christians of Assyria and the Monks of Mount Sinai, that remained in effect up until his death, and that were upheld by the Khulafaa Ar-Raashideen and those that followed. These covenants, guaranteed their safety as non-combatants . It is not permissible for you to break the covenants with the Christians that have been enacted by Allah and His Messenger ﷺ . If you want Allah’s help in your endeavor, then you must take heed to being just and righteous, and uphold that which Allah and His Messenger ﷺ upheld, and fear Allah, for surely Allah does not aid the wicked.

I appeal to your knowledge of the Quran and the Sunna, which both expressly prohibit the taking of the innocent into forced captivity, and to your reality that you will have to answer to Allah, on a day where there will be no shade except His shade, and risk eternal condemnation to the hell fire. I urge you to repent for your actions, for Allah is forgiving and Merciful, and I humbly request that you return your captives, safe and unharmed to their parents and to the bosoms of their mothers, who have cared for them since birth, nurtured them, and who have more right to them than you do. As verily our Lord commands: “Verily God commands you to remit the trusts to whom they are do, and when you judge between people, judge between them in fairness.” [4:58]

Your actions constitute oppression, so beware of the supplication of the oppressed, for there is no barrier between it and Allah, and let this open worldwide letter, serve as reminder, and as a hujja (proof) for you or against you on the day when you will stand before Allah, the Almighty, and are compelled to answer for these reprehensible actions. The beloved companion of the Prophet, Umar Ibn al-Khattaab, once said: “fear your sins more than you fear your enemy because your sins pose a greater threat to you than your enemy does“. May Allah guide you, myself, and all others who lead, or follow, to justice and mercy.

Imam Luqman Ahmad

Imam Luqman Ahmad is the Imam and Executive Director of Masjid Ibrahim Islamic Center in Sacramento, California.

He can be reached at imamluqman@masjidibrahim.com. http://www.masjidibrahim.com

NOTE: Reproduced with the permission of the Author.

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Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Opinion

 

My World Economic Forum (WEF) Takeaways – Gov. Babatunde Fashola

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12 May 2014.

As we expect life in Abuja to return to normal, hopefully for the better, I feel the urge to share my thoughts about the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Although security concerns and discussions were constant mentions at a Forum to discuss Africa’s economy hosted in Africa’s largest market (by population), that may as well not be a very bad thing when all is finally said and done.

This is because I find it difficult to imagine that any kind of serious economic activity can be sustained in an atmosphere of insecurity.
So the focus on security may well turn out to be a blessing in disguise because I have always believed that the difficult times bring on an opportunity IF those who experience it look for lessons to be learned so that the difficult times never repeat themselves.

That said, I will return to my WEF takeaways and they are simple things that have far-reaching consequences for us, depending on what we do.

Takeaway One
Although I did not attend the forum, I followed closely as it was covered on Channels and TVC. One thing I noticed was that there were no opening and closing prayers in Christian and Muslim ways; or were they deliberately not broadcast? I doubt that this was the case. The more likely inference is that they were not part of the programme.

The reason is that this was not a Nigerian event; it was a global franchise hosting in Nigeria.
Think of how many minutes we have spent on prayers at economic and business meetings that are Nigerian. Now multiply them into hours and days and calculate how much productive time we have lost.

My conclusion is that prayers and religion are necessary to shape values, they do not run an economy. It is serious people who do. I hope the lesson will remain beyond WEF.

Takeaway Two
Unless the broadcasters screened off all these parts, then I must have been the only one who did not see the introduction of our countless VIPs and them being ushered to the high table.
I did not see sessions being interrupted to announce the ‘late arrival’ of a VIP who was being led to a front seat where somebody who is not a VIP, but who arrived on time, will have to yield his seat for a person who at best should have been kept out of the venue for tardiness or, at worst, given a vacant seat the BACK of the hall.

Takeaway Three
Again, I repeat, unless the broadcasters were extremely ingenuous, I did not see any Ipad and camera-phone totting Mamarazzi and Paparazzi and their better equipped competitors standing in front of particpants and panellists in the ‘Nigerian Way’ and obscuring the view of the audience in the hall.

In spite of this, the event was well reported on local and global television. There was also very generous print coverage and there were clear photographs.

The lesson is simple. Our journalism practice can do with a massive dose of professionalism and the use of appropriate equipment, which will raise standards and EVERY journalist MUST either be accredited to cover an event or be politely asked to leave.
The picture quality on the electronic platform was merciful to the eyes and pleasantly so.
The WEF franchise will not have settled for anything less. Are we Nigerians going to keep these lessons?

Takeaway Four
If I was not living in Nigeria, I would be tempted to think that the Transcorp Hilton Hotel had always looked like that.
Even the organisers, through one of their representatives in her closing speech, whilst thanking the hotel group let it slip that they “pushed” them to meet, what I believe she described as “Swiss Standards.”

Now that they have attained those standards, I hope they will not let it drop again.
They must choose whether they want to be part of the global Hilton brand name or a bad imitation where all types of stragglers roam about the reception, lobby and even corridors of what should be a hospitality facility of the highest repute.

Takeaway Five
One of the most important takeaways was also not directly economic, even if it has a consequential impact on the economic fortunes of individuals, families, states and nations. It is education.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown and a group of businesses committed $10 million towards achieving safety in 500 schools in Northern Nigeria.

Why is this a take-away? Partly because the $10 million was not from our own tax-payers or oil money (we are yet to satisfactorily account for $10 billion as we await the outcome of an audit to look into the matter) rather it came from the private sector – and I believe it is foreign.

$10 million is N1.63 billion and if you spread it across 500 schools, the per capita allocation will be roughly N3.3 million per school to keep schools safe for scores of children in each of those schools, if not hundreds of them.
The lesson is simple. That money may not be a lot, but its message to all of us is profound.

The problem is not that of foreigners – it is ours. We can have a lot of money, but if there are no ideas to pursue with the money, the value of money is not manifest.

$10 million at N3.3 million per school can have an enduring effect if it is used to pursue the idea and ideal of safe schools, where our national budget may not have made a similar impact.

I hope we will latch on to the idea and pursue it for its ideal, in the purest sense and not in a Sure-P way.
In the end, it seems that the WEF has focused our attention on small things that have aggregrated to cause us big problems because we did not focus on them.

It has shown us that we can be orderly, that we can cover and report events properly, that we are not sinners because we don’t pray at business meetings, that we can keep time and most profoundly; that hotel brands like the Hilton and many other Nigerian brands can compete globally if they are challenged and supported.

The forum has taught us that we are the ones who limit ourselves and that we do not need protection from competition; but rather a fair chance to compete and the inspiration to do so.

I will conclude by issuing a caveat before the “Transformations” spin doctors begin to re-base this summit as their success.
This is an acknowledgement of what WEF “forced” us to do.

They held our hands all the way, they set targets and deadlines for us, they pushed and prodded.
It need not have been this way; but it is.

Now WEF has gone, we must prove that we can transform and make these takeaways and many others that I did not observe as a WAY OF LIFE that Nigerians can take for granted.

•Fashola (SAN) is the governor of Lagos State

Source: ThisDay Live

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Opinion

 

Give Us Oduduwa Or Let Us Die – Femi Fani-Kayode

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“If they ever tell my story let them say I walked with giants, men rise and fall like the Winter wheat but these names will never die… Let them say I lived in the time of Hector, tamer of horses…let them say I lived in the time of Achilles”- the Iliyad, Homer.

The words of Odysseus in Homer’s epic and ancient poem titled ”The Iliyad” have always moved me. Those words are deep and profound: they stir my soul and rekindle my spirit.

They speak of and reflect the essence of Ancient Greece with its rich and exciting history, its extraordinary heroes and heroines and its all-powerful and all-knowing gods, titans and immortals. How I wish that I could conjure up such great and powerful words about the history of my nation Nigeria and her heroes past. How I wish that the Nigerian people had their own Odysseus’ , Achilles’, Agamemnons and Hectors.

How I wish they had their own ancient poets and great thinkers like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and Homer who could remind generations to come about our past exploits with their inspiring, compelling and historic prose.

Yet I look at the Nigeria of today and I am not encouraged or inspired. As a matter of fact I am deeply saddened. I see no heroes on the horizon but only questionable pretenders and fallen caricatures that have sold their heritage and destiny for a mess of pottage and that couldn’t give a fig about what history or posterity will say about them or their country. Many have asked why I should say such things. Permit me to answer that pertinent question by posing a few of my own.

I start by asking: is this the Nigeria of Murtala Mohammed and Theophilius Danjuma? Is this the nation that helped to liberate Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa?

Is this the nation that restored sanity and stability to Sierra Leonne, that brought an end to a civil war in Liberia, that fought so gallantly in Burma and Somalia and that quelled a military coup in Sao Tome and Principe?

Is this the nation whose wealth once knew no bounds and whose middle class once owned the finest cars and properties in London, Paris and New York? Is this the nation whose beautiful people once graced the streets of Belgravia, Chelsea, Hampstead and Knitsbridge?

Is this the country that once nationalized BP and that gave Margaret Thatcher sleepless nights over apartheid South Africa ? Is this the nation that once stood up to the mighty Boers and whose ancestors studied at Oxford and Cambridge as far back as the 1800′s?

Is this the nation whose inhabitants and various ethnic nationalities once ruled vast empires and whose progenitors contributed so much to the traditions, religion and culture of Ancient Egypt?

Is this the country that once fought a bitter and brutal civil war, yet declared ”no victor, no vanquished” and, in the spirit of love, came back as one? Is this the country which has been through thick and thin and yet whose people remained ever so resilient and always put a smile on their faces?

Is this the country where giants once held court and where the greats of old once presided? Where did we go wrong? What has happened to our people and what has afflicted our country? When did our leaders become spineless cowards and deceivers? When did the green white green of our nation’s flag become soiled with human faeces and when was it torn to shreds?

When did we shy away from fighting our own battles and prosecuting our own wars? When did we start bowing our heads in shame as events unfold in our country? When did we start sitting down silently as international newscasters speak about our nation in painful, disdainful, hushed and condescending tones?

What has happened to the ever courageous, ever smiling, ever confident and ever dependable Nigerian who shook the world with his arrogance and confidence and who spoke of his nation with pride and joy?

What has happened to our great army that was once the pride of Africa and that once made us so proud? What has happened to our great intellectuals and our men and women of courage and vision who once, like a colossus, bestrode the world?

What has happened to the stubborn and proud yet warm, friendly and profoundly good people that Nigerians once were? What has happened to the people that were once regarded as the hope of Africa and the pride of every black man on the planet?

Where and when did we go astray? How and when did it all go wrong? When did we lose our strength, our wealth, our honour and our power? When did we lose our excellence, our confidence, our dignity and our self-respect? When did we become so weak and so helpless? When did we turn into killers, savages and barbarians?

When did we become so pitiful that the whole world mocks us and heaps insults on us so easily? When did they start saying that we have ”no serious government”, that we have ”lost control of large portions of our nation” and that we can’t even protect our own children? When did we become incapable of defending our borders and protecting our people?

When did we turn into a laughing stock and a reference point for incompetence, stupidity, cowardice, ignorance, evil, cluelessness and all that is bad to the rest of the world?

When did other nations start giving us lessons on how to fight insurgency and how to prosecute our wars? When did our people start clamouring for foreign armies to enter our land, violate our sovereignty and march on our sacred soil?

When did we start having to ask others to come and solve our local problems? O Nigeria, how are the mighty fallen. Truly ours is a nation afflicted. She is finished and there is little hope of any form of redemption or resurrection.

The honeymoon is over and the glory has departed. One hundred years of a forced and failed marriage has ended in a bitter yet undeniable divorce. We have lost it all and there is no going back. Those that wish to break up our nation for sport and bring our people to their knees have had their way.

Those that wish to watch us slaughter one another in an orgy of mindless violence and that wish to establish their AFRICOM in our shores will soon be here and we shall be occupied forever.

O Nigeria, how are the mighty fallen. I loved Nigeria but now I have stopped believing in her. She is saddled with many different sub-nations that were simply incompatible right from the start.

She is plagued and cursed with one particular sub-nation whose ruling elite are dangerous and unyielding, whose guile and deceit is second to none, who treat their own people with contempt and derision, who believe that they were born to rule, who think that power belongs to them, who suppress the religious and ethnic minorities within their ranks and who were taught from an early age that there was none besides them. Those people have killed Nigeria. They and those who have consistently bowed and trembled before them and who have always allowed them to have their way.

Our nation has become a cruel joke – she is a maliciously contrived contraption that has shattered many dreams and frustrated many ambitions and aspirations. This was a country that was created for the benefit of just a few at the cost of the misery and pain of so many.

I will never accept the idea of living in a nation side by side with religious extremists who slit the throats of children, who habitually slaughter the innocents and who abduct and fornicate with small girls. Animals have no place in the homes of men.

It is time for us to stop pretending: let the terrorists and their friends in high places break away and establish their own country where they can marry as many young girls as they please and chop off as many limbs as they want. Let them form a nation where they can stone adulterers and turn women into chattels that are not even worthy of life.

Let those of us from the west establish Oduduwa and let us celebrate and enjoy our freedom from the bondage and ineptitude of a cruel failed state that has no soul and that lacks humanity and compassion.

Let us be liberated from the deceit that is known as Nigeria: a nation that once was but that is no more. Let us be free of Nigeria: a nation where injustice, evil, persecution, insensitivity, impunity, terror, graft and wickedness reign supreme.

Let us be rid of Nigeria: a country where those of us that had the misfortune of being born on the ”wrong” side of the regional divide or who are adherents of the ”wrong” religious faith are butchered for our heritage and can never be treated as equals. Give us Oduduwa or let us die.

Yet we will eventually take our freedom by force if it is not freely given to us. We shall take it by fire: by the shedding of blood and by our own bleeding if necessary. We will take it by fire and by sacrificing our lives if that is what we are forced to do.

What we will never do is continue to live in perpetual slavery in a nation called Nigeria that is afflicted with feeble rulers and peopled by religious bigots, sexual deviants and bloodthirsty terrorists.

We shall not allow ourselves to be consumed by the weakness and ineptitude of our present-day rulers and the sheer incompetence of those that do not have the courage or the moral authority to crush the beasts that have abducted and enslaved our girls.

I have had enough. I say goodbye Nigeria: give us Oduduwa or let us die.

Femi Fani-Kayode, is the former minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Source: omojuwa.com

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Opinion

 

Goodluck To Northern Elders – By Pius Adesanmi

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Trust them to sneak it in like a Lionel Messi goal. Somehow, somewhere beneath the din of #BringBackOurGirls and the bang of Nyanya II, Ogbeni Usman Bugaje and the usual suspects who love to irritate the rest of us with their insufferable arrogance whenever they assemble under that nebulous umbrella, “northern elders”, announced to the country that Goodluck Jonathan has lost his bearings, has failed in his most solemn responsibility of protecting the lives and property of Nigerians. Therefore, power must return to the North in 2015. Underline that “must”. These guys are not interested in your preferences in a democratic contest. They are not campaigning. They are not interested in selling you a superior vision and a higher idea of Nigeria. They are giving orders. And you, apes, must obey.

Where they stand, the power birthright they reluctantly loaned you must now return to its natural habitat in the North. They gave your leprous selves the handshake of Obasanjo’s eight years, you are now asking for the hug of Jonathan’s eight years. These charitable donors of federal power, of the Presidency of all us, don’t find this funny at all. They want their toy back. Trapped in the good old days of the Kaduna mafia, these guys are some thirty years out of tune, out of sync with the Nigeria of today. They are still barking orders informed by caliphal hubris – the same phenomenon I analyzed in my last treatise on Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. Consequently, this column has assigned itself the humanitarian duty of jolting these hubristic clowns, of making them smell the bitter reality of 21st century Nigeria.

The first assignment is for Nasir El Rufai and Nuhu Ribadu. They are cosmopolitan and enlightened but it must be that their words carry no weight in the assembly of these irritating caliphal Luddites who insist on doing business with the rest of Nigeria based on the old model of internal colonialism. Were the words of these two sons of the North – and those in their bracket – to carry any weight, surely, we would have witnessed a more humble approach to the politics of national co-existence by those who purport to speak to the nation as “northern elders”? Evidently, there is very little rubbing off of the ideas and predispositions of this younger generation on their elders.

El Rufai and Ribadu must therefore undertake a mission to take the Nigeria of today to elders who insist on barking orders at Nigeria from yesterday, trapped as they are in the old master-servant model of relating with the rest of us. It is clear that the Bugajes of this world do not know what time of the day it is, what day of the month it is. Those who know, like El Rufai and Ribadu, must translate the word, “antipathy”, to Hausa for these men.

It is obvious that they are unaware of – or grossly underestimate – the degree of national antipathy towards them. The surest way to get Goodluck Jonathan re-elected is for anybody to bark orders at Nigerians under the banner of “northern elders”. For me, Goodluck Jonathan is a complete failure, a tragic nightmare that Nigeria will hopefully start to recover from when we send him back to Otuoke in 2015. That decision, however, collectively belongs to the Nigerian people. Goodluck Jonathan is not going to be fired on the say-so of some arrogant and self-serving northern elders. In fact, the unwelcome voice of these so-called northern elders could make folks who are unsympathetic to Jonathan cast protest votes for him.

I have said it before and it bears repeating: those who deployed nearly forty years of visionlessness and unsurpassable greed to bring Nigeria to her current comatose condition should not be talking when we are talking Nigeria. If they must talk, they must come to national conversations with the humility of wet chicks, mindful of the fact that their colossal failure in decades of stranglehold on the centre is the reason why we are an embarrassment to Africa and the black world today. Besides, if all you’ve got to show for your decades of chokehold on power at the centre are Ibrahim Babangida’s hilltop mansion in Minna, Ali Modu Sheriff’s private jets in Maiduguri, and avoidable cases of polio all over the place, it is the height of schizophrenia for you to jump up, beat your chest, and scream that power must return to you. The cheek of it!

There is also a serious issue that Bugaje and his gang of passé co-travelers are not taking seriously into consideration. Somehow, they must be kidding themselves that the theory of Boko Haram being the handiwork of elements in the northern political elite has no purchase across Nigeria. Whether it is valid or not is of no moment. What is significant is the purchase it has. The narrative that you set up this Frankenstein to make Nigeria ungovernable, show Goodluck Jonathan up as hopelessly incapable of securing Nigeria, is a seductive one that people are buying into. And you have not helped matters by coming out at this inauspicious moment to declare him unfit to rule Nigeria on account of insecurity. Even the greatest doubters of that theory and narrative must have received your recent outing like a blow in the face. People are accusing you of being goat thieves and you show up in the village square playing with baby goats!

So, if you push Goodluck Jonathan out in 2015 because you successfully made Nigeria ungovernable, you are just going to move into Aso Rock and resume feeding that villa from the creeks and we all live happily ever after? The militants in the creeks are just going to let that happen? Let me remind you that the enemies you are making today with your irredeemable arrogance have their own ways of making Nigeria ungovernable if and when your own time comes in 2015. Unlike you, they don’t have to bomb their own people to make a political point. Dokubo Asari and Government Tompolo have a more effective way of bringing you to your knees in a mono-revenue national economy. If you are already dreaming of new and renewed oil blocs, if you are already salivating over gas licences, and sundry allocations after 2015, a rude awakening awaits you.

To make matters worse for you, you never thought that the day would come in Nigeria when the master-servant paradigm would be severely undermined and rendered untenable. You focused your greed entirely on that one feeding bottle in the creeks. You impoverished the North and pauperized Nigeria. You come from a region that could supply the whole of Africa and a significant part of the rest of the world with tomato, onions, cattle, etc. This region by now should be boasting of mega-agro and agro-allied industries developed around tomato and onions. There are orange billionaires in Florida. They grow only oranges. There are potato billionaires in Canada. There are lettuce billionaires. In British Columbia where I did my Ph.D, there are salmon billionaires. Where are the North’s tomato billionaires?

Where are the North’s onion billionaires? No, not one. All your billionaires are rent collectors from oil and other offshoots of oil. Instead of thinking hard and critically about these issues, Usman Bugaje is still talking rubbish about how the oil belongs to all of us. Shame on greedy elders who cannot think of their people and for their people.

Here is an advice: if you do get back your Aso Rock in 2015, you better start thinking of how to feed that Villa with the proceeds of tomato and onions. It is doable if only you have vision and you apply yourselves to a mega agro-industrial revolution for the region. There are provinces in Canada that live only on the mega production of lettuce, cabbage, and cucumber. They don’t rely on Ottawa for anything. And the strategic advantage is yours. Oil is finite. Humanity is accelerating toward other sources of energy. A post-oil world is in the horizon and when that posit-oil moment arrives, we shall be able to tell Dokubo Asari and Tompolo: e nor finish? However, there will not be any talk of a post-tomato or post-onion human civilization any time soon.

If you, northern elders, fail to see these things; if your greed and ambition do not go beyond the envisioning of an Aso Rock that you are going to regain in 2015 and feed with the same old feeding bottle from Dokubo Asari’s backyard, Goodluck to you!

SOURCE: saharareporters.com

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Opinion

 

CAN Releases Names Of Abducted Chibok Secondary School Girls

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Evangelist Matthew Owojaiye of the Old Time Revival Hour Church in Kaduna has published a list of 180 abducted girls of the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, calling on all Nigerian Christians for lamentation prayers for their safe release.

The list published by Evangelist Owojaiye features 180 girls, of whom 165 are said to be Christian.

Text of the statement:

ABOMINATION! ABOMINATION!!

CHRISTIAN GIRLS ABDUCTED IN CHIBOK, BORNO STATE.

Daughters of Zion taken captive, to be treated as slaves and sold into marriage to unclean people. Abomination has been committed.

Raise lamentation to High Heavens. What a shame on the Church of the Living God.

FACTS:

Chibok Local Government is 90% Christians. Majority of the girls abducted are Christian! Why did Boko Haram visit Chibok Local Government? Why didn’t they visit so many other Local Government Girls Secondary Schools in Borno State?

The Church in Nigeria is hereby called to A Lamentation Prayer.

Every Christian home must raise a lamentation to heaven daily. Let God arise and defend his Name, Honour and Majesty.

Let a 15 minutes cry to heaven be done in every Church every time they gather. Oh God, Rend the Heavens and come down!

Why should the people say where is our God?

Here are the names of our daughters.

S/No. Name Religion

These are the Christian Girls:

1 Deborah Abge

2. Awa Abge ”

3. Hauwa Yirma ”

4. Asabe Manu ”

5. Mwa Malam pogu ”

6. Patiant Dzakwa ”

7. Saraya Mal. Stover ”

8. Mary Dauda ”

9. Gloria Mainta ”

10.Hanatu Ishaku ”

11. Gloria Dama ”

12. Tabitha Pogu ”

13. Maifa Dama ”

14. Ruth kollo ”

15. Esther Usman ”

16 Awa James

17 Anthonia Yahonna

18 Kume Mutah

19 Aisha Ezekial ”

20 Nguba Buba ”

21 Kwanta Simon.

22 Kummai Aboku.

23 Esther Markus

24 Hana Stephen.

25. Rifkatu Amos

26 Rebecca Mallum

27.Blessing Abana.

28. Ladi Wadai

29. Tabitha Hyelampa.

30 Ruth Ngladar .

31 Safiya Abdu .

32 Na’omi Yahonna.

33 Solomi Titus .

34Rhoda John

35 Rebecca Kabu

36. Christy Yahi.

37. Rebecca Luka.

38. Laraba John

39 Saratu Markus.

40. Mary Usman.

41 Debora Yahonna.

42.Naomi Zakaria

43 Hanatu Musa

44. Hauwa Tella

45.Juliana Yakubu.

46. Suzana Yakubu

47.Saraya Paul.

48. Jummai Paul

49. Mary Sule

50. Jummai John.

51.Yanke Shittima.

52. Muli Waligam .

53. Fatima Tabji.

54. Eli Joseph.

55.Saratu Emmanuel.

56. Deborah Peter.

57.Rahila Bitrus.

58. Luggwa Sanda.

59. Kauna Lalai.

60. Lydia Emmar.

61.Laraba Maman.

62.Hauwa Isuwa.

63. Confort Habila.

64. Hauwa Abdu.

65. Hauwa Balti.

66.Yana Joshua.

67.Laraba Paul.

68.Saraya Amos.

69. Glory Yaga.

70. Na’omi Bitrus.

71. Godiya Bitrus.

72. Awa Bitrus.

73. Na’omi Luka.

74. Maryamu Lawan.

75. Tabitha Silas.

76. Mary Yahona.

77. Ladi Joel.

78. Rejoice Sanki.

79. Luggwa Samuel.

80.Comfort Amos.

81. Saraya Samuel.

82. Sicker Abdul.

83.Talata Daniel.

84. Rejoice Musa.

85Deborah Abari.

86. Salomi Pogu.

87.Mary Amor.

88. Ruth Joshua.

89Esther John.

90. Esther Ayuba.

91. Maryamu Yakubu.

91. Zara Ishaku.

93. Maryamu Wavi

94. Lydia Habila.

95. Laraba Yahonna.

96. Na’omi Bitrus.

97.Rahila Yahanna.

98. Ruth Lawan.

99. Ladi Paul.

100 Mary Paul.

101. Esther Joshua.

102. Helen Musa.

103. Margret Watsai.

104. Deborah Jafaru.

105. Filo Dauda.

106. Febi Haruna.

107.Ruth Ishaku.

108.Racheal Nkeki.

109. Rifkatu Soloman.

110.Mairama yahaya.

111.Saratu Dauda.

112.Jinkai Yama.

113.Margret Shettima.

114.Yana yidau.

115. Grace Paul.

116. Amina Ali.

117. Palmata Musa

118. Awagana Musa

119. Pindar Nuhu

120.Yana Pogu.

121. Saraya Musa

122. Hauwa Joseph.

123. Hauwa kwakwi.

125. Hauwa Musa.

126. Maryamu Musa.

127. Maimuna Usman.

128. Rebeca Joseph.

129.Liyatu Habitu.

130. Rifkatu Yakubu.

131. Naomi Philimon.

132.Deborah Abbas.

133. Ladi Ibrahim.

134. Asabe Ali

135. Maryamu Bulama.

136.Ruth Amos.

137.Mary Ali

138. Abigail Bukar

139 Deborah Amos

140. Saraya Yanga

141. Kauna Luka

142. Christiana Bitrus

143.Yana Bukar

144. Hauwa peter

145.Hadiza Yakubu.

146.Lydia Simon

147. Ruth Bitrus .

148.Mary Yakubu

149.Lugwa Mutah.

150 Muwa Daniel.

151 Hanatu Nuhu

152. Monica Enoch.

153. Margret Yama.

154.Docas yakubu.

155. Rhoda peter

156. Rifkatu Galang

157. Saratu Ayuba.

158. Naomi Adamu.

159. Hauwa Ishaya

160. Rahap Ibrahim

162. Deborah Soloman.

163Hauwa Mutah

164. Hauwa Takai.

165. Serah Samuel.

Below are the Muslim Girls.

166. Aishatu Musa.

167. Aishatu Grema.

168. Hauwa Nkeki

169. Hamsatu Abubakar

170.Mairama Abubakar.

171 Hauwa Wule

172. Ihyi Abdu

173. Hasana Adamu.

174. Rakiya Kwamtah

175 Halima Gamba.

176. Aisha Lawan .

177. Kabu Malla

178. Yayi Abana.

179. Falta Lawan.

180. Kwadugu Manu

The Military may not be able to solve the problem but prayer will. Ordinary Military force may not get them out! Intensive Agonizing Prayer will.

WHAT NEXT AFTER RECOVERY?

We make the following demands of the Federal Government whose duty it was to protect the innocent girls.

1. A N50million damage as trauma compensation to each girl.

2. A preparation to take each girl to an overseas University on Government scholarship by September 2014. Preparation for that must start now!

3. SS1 and SS2 girls in that school must be transferred to schools of their choice from Government coffer. How can any girl feel safe in this kind of school? Living in perpetual fear of attack?

LET GOD ARISE, LET ALL HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED.

Evangelist Matthew Owojaiye
Old Time Revival Hour
Kaduna.

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2014 in Opinion

 

Female Celebs Prefer Second-Hand Husbands – Etcetera

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The singer, Etcetera, writes about Nigerian female celebs and their preference for second hand husband.

Read below…

Some days ago I was at a friend’s place and was asked by his sisters if I was traveling abroad for the wedding of a colleague that is still being talked about on blogs and on all social networking sites in nigeria and I said no I wasn’t. But what struck me as odd was when one of them asked me “is she getting married to a brand new husband or a 2nd hand husband”? I stared at her in shock and confusion because up until that moment, I had never heard of a phrase as “brand new or 2nd hand husband. It became a heated debate amongst people in the house that day. ‘wow’, I never thought a phrase like 2nd hand can be attributed to a human being. I know it is only applicable to objects.

At first I was angry. How could they have said such. But as crazy and odd as it may have sounded, they drew my attention to their observations that it is a trend currently popular amongst female celebrities in nigeria. The guys in the house even tweaked it into a joke. Adding that it is a normal thing in nigeria that when you can’t afford a brand new car you go for a 2nd hand one. I couldn’t help but laugh at that one. But on my way home, I thought about it for a minute and asked myself if truly a 2nd hand or brand new theory can be a determinant in finding a husband? It got me staring at every car passing by, trying to understand the rational behind the argument of a 2nd hand husband and a brand new one. How do you determine if a husband is a 2nd hand? I asked myself. I was later told that a man becomes a 2nd hand if he was previously married or is still married to another woman before taking a new wife. And that a 2nd hand husband just like a 2nd hand car comes in two types. Nigerian used and Tokunbo. Meaning the husband who was previously married and living here in nigeria is the “nigerian used”, while the one shipped in from abroad is the Tokunbo version. Shocking isn’t it? Ok, let us analyse this for a minute. It is a known fact that in nigeria, when you want to buy a 2nd hand car you are strongly advised to take a mechanic with you. So can you also do the same with a 2nd hand husband? Should it also be recommended that when going for a 2nd hand husband you should make sure to take a medical doctor to administer all the necessary check ups to be sure you are not getting damaged goods?

Because in the true sense of it, a 2nd hand is a 2nd hand whether car or husband.

And If the carburetor of a 2nd hand car can easily pack up on 3rd mainland bridge, it means a 2nd hand husband can also pack up on the way to the alter. As these thoughts were spinning in my head, I began asking myself the same questions they asked me. Why do nigerian female celebrities prefer 2nd hand husbands. Or Why would anyone prefer a 2nd hand husband? But come to think of it, Is it that our female celebrities can no longer afford the luxury of waiting for the brand new ones to come along? Or have the brand new ones refused to be fooled by the razzmatazz or flashy make ups, thick foundations, artificial nails, Brazilian hair and Peruvian eye lashes? Can it be attributed to a thing of choice? They said a 2nd hand husband is often an Alhaji or an Otunba with pot belle and deep pocket. Is it because of the money or societal status of the men? As long as he is fully loaded she really does not care. Some went further to say that a 2nd hand husband is already tested and trusted with a confirmed rate of performance and durability? So figure a female celebrity asking her colleague, “What is the mileage of your 2nd hand husband? And she replies “Ahhh I nor know say hin former wives don finish am oo.. Na shaft I marry ooo, My sista nor be small thing ooo, even my doctor sef say him liver go soon park up. And na for hospital I dey sleep for the past 3 weeks. Just like 2nd hand car owner dey sleep for mechanic workshop everyday. As my Curiosity got the better of me, I asked them for names of female celebrities with 2nd hand husbands. I was shocked beyond recognition that the list they gave me was as long as the distance from mile 2 to Badagry. According to the list, almost all married female celebrity in nigeria has a 2nd hand husband and even some of the female celebrities themselves are 2nd hand. And some of the male celebrities also have 2nd hand wives or they themselves are 2nd hand. Well, if you don’t believe me, make a list of your own and be amazed as I am right now.

My conclusion is that the issue of 2nd hand husband is not peculiar to entertainers. It is a general societal disease and it is as a result of too many failed marriages we have in the society at large. While nobody should be blamed for falling in love or getting married to whoever he or she chooses, it is also important that we position our lives to inspire the children and future entertainers who see us as role models in the society. You may argue that it is not the society’s business what you do with your affairs. Which is very true but also remember that being a celebrity makes your life a public affair. So go ahead girls, take home the 2nd hand husbands, it is your choice and it does not matter even if he looks like an “accidented” car with scary mileage. If you love him that much and he has some money to spend, you can take him to the highly skilled american body mechanic called Dr. 90210 to panel-beat and mask all his dents. And if you are fortunate to find one whose mileage is manageable, you can take him to Ladipo market, buy the missing body parts and get a local panel-beater to fix him. And if you are a handy-woman, You can even do the servicing yourself by getting a complete first aid kit with bandages, Ampiclox and mentholatum and massage his joints every night before sleeping.

Blogger twits at @Femiolas

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Posted by on May 4, 2014 in Opinion

 

Iyabo Obasanjo Writes Boko Haram, Blasts President Jonathan

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Senator (Dr). Iyabo Obasanjo, the daughter of Nigeria former president Olusegun Obasanjo, has wadded into the on-going security challenges facing Nigeria through the activities of the militant group, Boko Haram.

The Senator condemns the Islamist sect for targeting the wrong section of Nigerian and also carpeted the government of President Goodluck Jonathan for doing little to protect Nigerians.

The letter is duplicated bellow:

Dear Boko Haram

“The fact that you have taken arms against the Nigerian state is no surprise. The question should be why haven’t more young people organised themselves against the state?

“Even the fact that your motto, ‘Against Western Education’ is in a way reasonable given the fact that your leader, martyred by the Nigerian state had university education and found no reasonable employment but had to resort to thuggery for politicians to survive, as the story goes.

“He, like millions of Nigerian young people and college graduates, seeing a blighted future are doing anything to survive.

“They have become opportunistic desperados, almost sub-human as the stepping on and trampling on each other to death at the Immigration employment debacle indicates.

‘Where you’re wrong’
“Where I think you have gotten it wrong are in two areas, if you can pardon my giving you some unsolicited advice.

“First, your victims are becoming more and more the people you should be attracting to your side. Take the Nyanya bus massacre.

“The people that live in Nyanya are usually the clerks, messengers and other lowly office workers that live out in relative slums compared to the rest of Abuja and take public transportation to work to receive monthly salaries they barely get by on.

“Consult any written work of successful revolutionaries be it French, Russian, Cuban or even the more recent uprooting of communism in Eastern Europe, to succeed you need the people to be on your side. Right now you are not achieving this.

“You are targeting the group you need most. This does not make for a successful revolution but you are making yourselves into nuisances to the people and in the end while the state, including its military machine may not be able to conquer you, your downfall will be alienating these potential allies, i.e. the oppressed and down-trodden.

“Secondly, the abduction of girls. It must be hard to stay in the bush as all male revolutionaries fending for yourselves with no sexual gratification.
Cuban example

“But again, reading up on past bush revolutionaries like the Cuban, for example, indicates that they were able to convince some women to go voluntarily with them into the bush.

“Somehow, revolutionary zeal does not include sexual abstinence and cooking and cleaning by yourselves.

“Reading must be hard for you since you hate education but the past is a good guide to the future and if you can’t read, you are done for in organizing or succeeding in most endeavours as most things have been done before and reading up on how it was done can only serve as good guidance.

“The parents of the girls you abducted are just trying to give their daughters a chance at having successful lives. Without an education there is very little anyone can achieve in this early 21st century.

“I know living in the bush; it must still seem like the dark ages but the truth is that even with the lack of jobs and opportunities for young people in Nigeria currently, it is still better to be educated.

“An educated university graduate who was selling food from a food cart ignited the Arab Spring which was spread by use of the internet which is hard to use if you are not educated.

“There are writings, videos and stuff you post on the internet which I haven’t seen. But think of it, you can only post and use the internet because some of you have some education.

“But in the end you have no control over the distribution of your advertising and recruiting information because as you may know, the internet is really part of the western system you despise.

Why you’re succeeding
“The truth is that you have succeeded because the Nigerian state has failed to provide jobs and opportunity for its young people who you can now easily recruit. By disrupting education, you are adding to the burden of the people.

“You may say, but how about our religious issue? Let the truth be told, just as there are indigenous southern Muslims, there are indigenous northern Christians even from your epicentre in Borno State and just as you are zealous for your religion, I don’t see them giving up their religion either.

“The reasonable solution to this impasse would be for you to advocate for everyone to be able to practice their religion as they see fit with respect for each other’s beliefs.
“Remember, a couple of centuries ago, all of our ancestors below the Sahara were all animists worshipping various ‘gods.’

“This ‘One God’ — us against them situation — is a relatively recent one in our human history and you will be advised to let the originators fight it out and let your people be.”

The writer twits @Femiolas

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Opinion

 
 
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