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Playing Our Part

A Ready Son of the North

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Welcome. I am quite sure you all are wondering what the title is all about. First, Monsu isnt a Northerner, neither is ‘she’ a Son. True. However, i am a staunch protagonist of revolution, that i strongly believe is what we need in this country and that i very much see coming from a synergy of us all. There you have it again, from our very own Umar, driving hios point into our hearts as best as he can. Enjoy.

Historically, Northern Nigeria in the pre-colonial era was a society of greatly collective communal living. The market structures were largely in niches held by extended families and sometimes renowned neighborhoods. Sensational arguments prevailed as to the practicability of an independent Nigeria in 1957, mainly fired by an antagonist south leaving the North in its largely timid state, reveling in immaturity for the task of modern day governance, especially with very low western education capacity (which still has only been meagerly addressed). In 1960, Nigeria gained independence and a Northerner became the country’s first Prime Minister and Head of Government, a much better read Southerner became Head of State (Ceremonial Leader).

 Recalling the subsequent leaderships that Nigeria had over the course of 52 years, between PM Balewa and the last Northern President Yar’adua, the North has had cumulative 38 years at the helm, with the South holding for 14 years, out of which Obasanjo alone had 11 years. For this reason and a lot more, the North has no business crying foul at the current state of despair. The region was in power for so long, yet our people are the least educated in terms of conventional basic schooling and even proper theological advancement, as well as in upholding the ideals of the concept our pre-dominant faith preaches. We are terribly lagging in spirited communal synergy and coherent resolve to face our predicament as a surmountable challenge. The loudest cries we hear are of conspiracies against us, and of plots to decimate us, we have even heard shameless calls for increase in the federal stipends from oil revenues, even though unknown to most of us, the arable land we continually boast of is increasingly shrinking of desertification while we fall over ourselves to gain government favors or slaughter at will.

 All one sees around our villages and even towns and cities are faces deprived of happiness and body structures horribly malnourished, some by nature but most by hunger.

We most certainly must work towards creating a virile networking community which shall radiate genuine hope, while we struggle to persevere and work for a true Northern re-orientation. We are at a point that requires us to do the unconventional, a vehement belief in our numbers and in our values, a solid return to the scheming games of the past in order to secure the future. Even if an envisaged model is not attained in my lifetime and yours, those who come afterwards will acknowledge the traces of our efforts and build there from. Our strength is basically in our unison, above trivial issues and in warm receipt of historical, cultural and religious differences.

 Honestly, we do not really appear ready for such a daunting challenge, apart from the very few that may be already on board and strategically aligned to a true Northern re-focusing, we hardly can say so of the state Governors with whom we should be forging strategic alliances. I can see our vision clearly materializing, what I doubt is that the current state of despair is enough lesson for us to do the unconventional turn around for greater self realization and optimal attainment of a dwarfed potential. What we really need are ready sons and daughters of the North, who believe that a re-branding is possible for a better community.

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Long Before Jonathan!

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Hatred. The Blame-tag. Curses. These are the orders of the day, by which a typical ‘angry’ Nigerian lives. The incumbent governmenmt has suffered vehemently from verbal assaults from the general populace.

Speaking objectively though, this anger has been in us for years, even long before this present government. So,who really is to blame? Like they say, maybe this administration’s only having it’s share of the ‘NATIONAL CAKE’.

Well, heres a piece of what a very dear friend thinks.. Enjoy!

The Nigeria of today says so many things, from abject destitution to incredible affluence and from stark chauvinism to assimilating differences. I find it too easy picking faults in the actions (or inactions) of government or those in power, it has indeed been made a lot easier under the current dispensation. I repeatedly say that I personally do not blame Jonathan’s government for the dismal state that prevails; it is very much the concrete evidence of long years of indiscipline, misrule (by heads of families, heads of businesses and heads of government) and corruption. This lethal combination, over the last 36-40 years has destroyed our societies’ morals, which has caused leadership decay at all levels.

 It appears and feels too simple blaming the successive governments for what Nigeria is or is not (or has become). Very few people are proud of this country today, and the number shrinks by the day. Some feel that the country defies all logic in staying united; some bitterly feel that the country must remain one, and that its unity is not negotiable.

 I keep thinking that the current state of anguish would have taught us a lesson or two about abandoning a major problem and prioritizing the peripherals. Ours is a country haunted by a gory past and a horrible present, a past of neglect of all basic institutions and a present day destruction of same, a past of many years of unprecedented decadence amongst members of all strata of all societies and a present day high level mediocrity. We did not in the past envisage a manifestation of the results of those long years of neglect; neither did we think that a huge number of unlettered and unemployed youth would be harmful to our society, how foolish? We did not address the problem posed by a drop in school enrollment, we did not think that regulating destructive sermons of fiery clergy was necessary, and we felt the flaunting of excessive affluence by public officers in a society of hunger and homelessness would not be catastrophic in the long run. In spite of all of these lessons, we refuse to view our main problems today, but channel our energies towards destroying mutual peace.

 As a matter or urgency, the countless youth of this country must be engaged in gainful activities. Again, in as much as we try to limit or end proliferation of arms and ammunition, same efforts must go into limiting or ending the scourge of drug trafficking within our societies. The curriculum of secondary education should include two years of inter-faith religious studies, a study of the country’s two predominant faiths for at least a measure of being informed to a basic level.

 For all of the days that we are awakened by the news of senseless murders, rape, kidnappings and other numerous assault cases, I feel we have lost our identities and try to prove to be that which we are not and will never really be. Also, the incalculable thieving within power circles and the inestimable fraudulent activities in the name of businesses tells you that some are very uncomfortable with their humble identities. The uneasiness with one’s identity could also lead one to gullibly accept a highly questionable doctrine as divine and genuine.

 These and many other things we complain about daily on traffic, in queues, at the airports, motor parks, government building surroundings, hospital wards, human settlements, police stations and so many other places; have made me plainly pass a verdict that we were very horrible in the past, became worse in the recent past, grown more shameless and violent today and strive for even much worse in the future. Our present calamities were invited by us long before Jonathan and PDP! 

 By Umar Y. Mukhtar 12th July, 2012.

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Joining in the Gang-Rape

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A lot of things have been happening lately, which have spurred ‘words’ and actions from people of different classes within the country. One of those people is my darling friend, who seeks to navigate his thoughts towards the desired and necessary change in the way things are in this country, through the use of ‘ink and paper’.

 

“I may have gained a reputation of being too critical of Nigeria’s government, especially the one led by GEJ. I may not be blamed if one considers the fact that I am full blooded Nigerian and one that is greatly concerned about the future ofNigeriaand Nigerians, that may have to go on a scale to be weighed though, arguably I would say.

I have come to the conclusion that our beloved nation has been continuously mutilated over a long period, but there is no single person or group to blame (my honest thoughts). The system that has degradedNigeriais an unofficial grand design of gang-rape featuring all sectors, inspired by all manner of contributors. Most of us are guilty of joining in this vicious act of gang-rape of our dearNigeria, consciously, sub-consciously or unconsciously.

We need to remind ourselves that there are too many ways through which we are guilty of equally plundering Nigeria’s chastity, from the Office Assistant who hides (destroys) a file for a fee to an MD who hires a Secretary for mere lustful pleasure. We destroy our immediate environments by deciding to be untidy which in turn destroys our health and makes us frequent the already congested garages we call hospitals. Whether or not we like it, we are guilty one way or the other of desecratingNigeria’s inherent greatness, as it multiplies, it spirals out of control.

As things are presently, I believe we are at a point where we have to sin no more, our leaders and we the followers must resolve to re-invent ourselves in ways that will benefit our country and her people, each of us at his/her level of operation/capacity. I have become too Nigerian to believe in the threats that currently stare us in the face; anyway I am not making any excuses for the non-performing leadership at all levels and in almost all sectors.

I will leave us with a little reminder, when we set out to do a task; each of us should please ask him/herself; by undertaking this task, am I joining in the gang-rape of my belovedNigeria? The answer will naturally flow.

By writing this note, I am surely not joining in the gang-rape of my dear country. Little things add up to become big things.”

Affectionately Nigerian,

Mukhtar.