In the July 17th edition of “Sun: Voice of the Nation” newspaper in Nigeria, a news item reported by Noah Ebije from Kaduna was published, which was entitled: “2015: Power won’t return to the South again –Sharia Leaders.” The newspaper reported some important remarks and comments made by Professor Ango Abdullahi, former Vice Chancellor of the renowned Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. I read it with keen interest. I am an ethnic and religious minority in Northern Nigeria. My father hails from Karage, in Bade Local Government Area of Yobe State and my mother from Dass, Dass Local Government Area of Bauchi State. I was born into a Christian family, and indeed, my parents were at
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The north and its political elites (1)
By SEGUN ORUAME
Entrenched narrow Interest! That is the bane of development in northern Nigeria. If Walter Rodney were to be alive and had the opportunity to put the north of Nigeria in historical perspective; he probably would ink another classic: ‘How the northern elites underdeveloped northern Nigeria.’ However, the north is not bereft of scholars including the likes of Dr. Yusufu Bala Usman and the army of intellectuals who have sought to properly situate the tragedy of the north as part of the greater tragedy that defines Nigeria within the context of elites’ manipulation of the political space. Dr. Usman, Marxist historian and political economist, once said; “the day when...
By SEGUN ORUAME
Open borders and higher inter-boundaries trade have remained the dream of many African leaders. But the reality is that Africa is closer to the outside world outside of the continent than it is closer to itself. While Africa trade with the rest of the world in billions of dollars yearly; it does a pitiable volume with itself across the dozens of state borders that separate political entities shutting out great potential that the World Bank estimates to be in trillion dollars annually...
One entity; conflicting views
The perspective articulated by Professor Samuel Zalanga in his response to Professor Ango Abdullahi’s views on the need for Northern Nigerian elites to focus on capturing the Presidency of the Nigerian State in 2015 at the next general elections is very interesting. It lifts the discourse into the plain of ideas and issues and is informative and stimulating. It would really be refreshing if it were possible to get the two Professors from Northern Nigeria into the same room for a debate so that both of them can sharpen their ideas upon each other. . .
Aminu Kano, political change, and Northern Nigeria
Three decades ago, 33 years precisely, in 1979, Mallam Aminu Kano led the Peoples Redemption Party – PRP to overthrow the parasitic control the Northern Conservatives had over the core North. PRP defeated the conservative National Party of Nigeria –NPN and won governorship elections in Kano and Kaduna States, which comprise the present Kano, Jigawa, Katsina and Kaduna states, it also won seats in the Senate, the House of representatives and in the state houses of assembly. . .
Contextualizing Obama’s visit to Africa
America’s inability to rein in the mafia-style activities of the bankers is open and in full view of the world audience. In this commentary I want to place President Obama’s African trip in the context of the depth of the political and economic crisis in the United States. Starting with the efforts of the G8 in calling for the western mining companies to follow laws and pay taxes, this commentary will reference the success of the Pan African opposition to Africom and . . .
Rwanda: RPF's 25 years of joyful awakening
By SEGUN ORUAME, Kigali.
The Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF) celebrated its 25th anniversary last December. Kigali, Rwandan capital was abuzz with activities; conferences and cocktails. The media had plenty to write about and Baobab Media, a guest of the Rwandan government, was part of the activities. The anniversary provided an opportunity for reflections even in the midst of the joyous gatherings all over Kigali. The RPF under President Paul Kagame had been able to inspire hope and built measurable landmarks that have created a new character out of Rwanda’s post-genocide years. Rwanda is often touted as a model for the rest of Africa. For this, Rwandans have the RPF to thank. .
ASUU strike, once more
By Dr Doki Godwin Jeff
On Monday July 1, 2013, the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) embarked on a nation- wide strike which the Union described as ‘total, comprehensive and indefinite’. To most Nigerians the strike did not come as a surprise because it was preceded by two early warning strikes. What is surprising, however, is the government’s total indifference concerning the agreement it had with the Union of Nigerian University teachers many years ago. .
Finding money and willpower for STI
By SEGUN ORUAME
At about this time last year in Nairobi, Kenya, more than 30 African ministers of education and science attending the “First African Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Youth Employment, Human Capital Development and Inclusive Growth, unanimously pledged to put STI policies, strategies, programmes and plans into action over the next five years.” .
a subtle form of neo-colonialism
A comparative analysis of Sino-African relations
By CHIKA NWAKANMA
As the antics and anti-development tactics of the west becomes more glaring, Africa and its leaders have turned to the east for solace. Foreign aid without conditions, low-interest loans and a renewed sense of ownership as regards the utilization of resources, has made china a desirable groom for African countries.
Social media may be Africa’s graveyard
Written by CHIKA NWAKANMA
Africa should be wary of the entrapments of social media. Contrary to popular claim of the positive impact of social media, it could as well be the ultimate tool to create dysfunctional citizens in 21st century Africa writes CHIKA NWAKANMA . A direct consequence of today's technological society is an altercation in the mode of social interaction and communication. The advent of the social media has had a ripple effect in how humans perceive their environment and...
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