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Since the return to democracy in 1999, and during the days of the Militaty interferences and interregnum in our polity,the Judiciary,not untill recently is always the right interpreter of all anomaly arising from political,domestic,social,economic disagreements between individuals,group,party’s,parties and others.

Recent developments in the last two decades of our late return to democracy genuinely shows the willingness of the Judiciary to assert itself,in either way even though,it had enmeshed itself in alot of controversial judgements, that had thrown this country in a precarious situation,lack of confidence, capable of tearing this country apart without reservation.

In it’s good days,it had removed a sitting governor after two years at the mantle of leadership,a day to swearing in, and even an elected governor that came on board without due diligence.

Even though ,the same Judiciary at the Supreme Court level had passed a judgement in Edo,Ondo,Ekiti and lately Osun for an obvious laxity of election hooliganism by the ruling APC, that was war- like in recent times.

The earlier case of Edo,Ondo,Ekiti and Osun was a child’s play compared to the mother of all election rigging,killings and malpractices in Kogi state, that all the security agencies and apparatuses of goverment was openly and freely used to kill and maim kogites, all in the name of retaining the state for APC, by all means possible, to the embarrassement of both local and the international community.

The case of Edo in 2017 ,was played down, because the sitting governor needed a successor,even though the ruling APC did not win the election, but INEC top officials were used to stuff ballot papers and rigged for APC,under Adams Oshiomole .

When the case of Ekiti state election came up, because of the people oriented utterances of former Governor, Ayodele Fayose, APC deploy some it’s state governors to rig the election,while PDP governors were locked out using Federal might.

It was graduated in Osun into a police state ,as thugs and securtiy agencies were freely used ,but could not even get the winning margin,but manipulated to inconclusive election, were hapless voters were beaten to stupour on the day of the bye election to the costernation of the international community(ies) and observers,yet the ruling APC was declared winner.

Ondo had similar experience when some state governors that could not pay workers salaries arears for months,came up with vote buying strategy, intimidation, persecution, harrassement,open beating with imported thugs from the neighbouring APC states,to declare itself winner.

To crown the decadence and manipulative tendencies of the ruling APC,Imo state scenario became more embarrassing to the global world,as the fourth position in the Governorship election, was declared the governor, therefore removing the former Governor,Emeka Ihedioha for Governor,Hope Uzodinma.

The case of Kogi state became worrisome since 2015,were a candidate who did not participate in all the processes,without voters card in Kogi,became the Governor and affirmed by all levels of the courts including the Supreme Court.

It was sad that the Tribunal judges in 2016,who were daily being harrassed by APC thugs hired from Kogi , Nassarawa and Benue gave judgement to Governor Yahaya Bello of APC after money change hand,even though with forensic,no voters card,thumb printed materials from Lagos,Edo and Benue states in the materials found by the forensic experts that stood for Capt Idris Wada of PDP.

This is the same forensic that removed forner Osun state governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and replaced with Rauf Aregbesola after two years in office by the Appeal court.

The Tribunal in 2016 on the day of judgement for Kogi was writting and changing judgement, including cancellation on the podium were judges were being chased away by APC thugs, that attracted even the condemnation of APC deputy Governorship candidate,Chief Rt Honourable James Abiodun Faleke.

It was so funny at the higher Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, it did not take judges at that level more than 10 minutes to pass dual judgement on a novel issue, that would have set a good judicial precedence in Nigeria.

So no arm of the Judiciary was insulated from the rot currently prevalent in Kogi,from the Tribunal,to the Court of Appeal,to the Apex court in 2015.

But this time around,the case is different as the Judiciary and alas the Supreme Court will need to extricate itself from the level of decadence and the magnitude of political hooliganism,manouvere in Kogi state in the 2019 election.

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Even though,it was revealed that from Kogi state government circle,there is already the feelings that Governor Yahaya Bello had paid both in cash and kind from the Tribunal,Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court.

Is it that the Appeal Court Judges are not aware or averse of what both the National, international observers and media houses had reported on Kogi election, rather than the face saving statements of not proving beyond reasonable doubts, or mere hear say,as if they are not Nigerians owing to pretences and manipulation from the government circles?

In Kogi election, all the arms of security agencies in Nigeria were freely used in the state capital,thugs engaged the people of Kogi East and West, disallowed them from voting freely in some areas,figures were manipulated from the Central,revealed through forensic examination,yet some judges had feign comisseration.

It was reported before now,that Kogi state governor,Alhaji Yahaya Bello has never lost any case in court, including the high profile double registration of voters card and forgery, that led INEC into sacking some of it’s staff,but yet Bello came out unscathed.

Some attributed the win- win court cases to her mother’s wisdom,while glaringly it is not,but frequent gratification judges accept from Kogi Governor.

The end products of several litigation victory for Kogi Governor is underdevelopment of the state,lack of salary payment,rampant workers and unending screening,large borrowing both local and foreign,as well as lack of political will and direction to develop the state as well other quasi wrong decision of government.

But if truly and genuinely the Judiciary is the last hope of the common man as uttered by Governor Yahaya Bello,his days are numbered,as the Apex court should ressolve to assert itself,by taken a measure that will relive the confidence of the political class,as well as the polity in Kogi and Nigeria.

Kogi state has come a long way and seen alot of political upsurge,upturn and downturn in the last first four years of the present administration,as the worst is happening in the last few months.

The controversial decisions of the Tribunal and Court of Appeal is a testament of a highly compromised Judicial interpretation of Nigerian Judiciary,as caution should be observed over any untowards decision on Kogi ,that will enliven more doubt on the Supreme Court and it’s finalty.

The Apex court should assess the basis and the nitty gritty of the entire case, from the mass evidences monitored by both local,private and international media houses, and presented as evidences as part of technicality to address the political class notion, that election could be won through any means possible.

The time has come for Nigerians and not only kogites,that it needs and respect people’s will,rather than ballot stuffing,political thuggery, manipulation,hooiiganiam and indecent political culture already initiated by the handlers of Kogi state.

It must prove beyond reasonable doubts too,that their emotions,actions and inactions is beyond the imagination of being lured through financial inducements,connections and other unforseen circumstances.

The Supreme Court must display patriotic zeal, determination and commitement to return Nigeria back from it’s lost glory in all facets, dangerously encouraged by the current Judicial order.

It must avoid all forms lobbying either by proxy or any other means possible, that will further dent the image of their final arbiter status, and reverse the hand of the clock.

The boast in Kogi government circle that the panel to be constituted by the Apex court will operate under the whims and caprices of the federal government and susceptible to state wishes,should be detonated through an independent judgement, that will be to the expectations of the people and will stand the taste of time.

Kogi as a miscroscope of the entire nation,cannot afford to allow leadership laxity to override the common interests of ordinary Nigerians, yearing for good governance through political participation.

A stitche in time,will save more than nine,as the polity is drifting with the judiciary oiling the process without recourse to the developement of all facets of Nigeria.

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Kogi,Nigeria will be great again as history will continue to repeat itself.

Usman Okai Austin is a social crusader,
Media blogger and Public Affairs analyst.
Written from Abuja

Recent development in the last two decades of our late return to democracy genuinely shows the willingness of the Judiciary to assert itself,in either way even though,it had enmeshed itself in alot of controversial judgements, that had thrown this country in a precarious situation,lack of confidence, capable of tearing this country apart without reservation.

In it’s good days,it had removed a sitting governor after two years at the mantle of leadership,a day to swearing in, and even an elected governor that came on board without due diligence.

Even though ,the same Judiciary at the Supreme Court level had passed a judgement in Edo,Ondo,Ekiti and lately Osun for an obvious laxity of election hooliganism by the ruling APC, that was war- like in recent times.

The earlier case of Edo,Ondo,Ekiti and Osun was a child’s play compared to rhe mother of all election rigging,killings and malpractices in Kogi state, that all the security agencies and apparatus of goverment was openly used to kill and maim kogites, all in the name of retaining the state for APC, by all means possible, to the embarrassement of both local and the international community.

The case of Edo in 2017 ,was played down, because the sitting governor needed a successor,even though the ruling APC did not win the election, but INEC top officials we’re used to stuff ballot papers and rigged for APC,under Adams Oshiomole .

When the case of Ekiti state election came up, because of the people oriented utterances of former Governor, Ayodele Fayose, APC deploy some it’s state governors to rig the election,while PDP governors were locked out using Federal might.

It was graduated in Osun into a police state ,as thugs and securtiy agencies were freely used ,but could not even get the winning margin,but manipulated to inconclusive election, were hapless voters were beaten to stupour to the costernation of the international community and observers,yet the ruling APC was declared winner.

Ondo had similar experience when some state governors that could not pay workers salaries arears for months,came up with vote buying strategy, intimidation, persecution, harrassement,open beating with imported thugs from the neighbouring APC states,to declare itself winner.

To crown the decadence and manipulative tendencies of the ruling APC,Imo state scenario became more embarrassing to the global world,as the fourth position in the Governorship election, was declared the governor, therefore removing the former governor,Emeka Ihedioha to Governor,Hope Uzodinma.

The case of Kogi state became worrisome since 2015,were a candidate who did not participate in all the processes,without voters card in Kogi,became the governor and affirmed by all levels of the courts.

It was sad that the tribunal judges in 2016,who were daily being harrassed by APC thugs hired from Kogi , Nassarawa and Benue gave judgement to Governor Yahaya Bello of APC after money change hand,even though with forensic,no voters card,thumb printed materials from Lagos,Edo and Benue states in the materials found by the forensic experts that stood for Capt Idris Wada of PDP.

This is the same forensic that removed forner Osun state governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and replaced with Rauf Aregbesola after two years in office by the appeal court.

The tribunal in 2016 on the day of judgement for Kogi was writting and changing judgement, including cancellation on the podium were judges were being chased away by APC thugs, that attracted even the condemnation of APC deputy Governorship candidate,Chief Rt Honourable James Abiodun Faleke.

It was so funny at the higher Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, when it did not take judges at that level more than 10 minutes to pass dual judgement on a novel issue that would have set a good judicial precedence in Nigeria.

So no arm of the Judiciary was insulated from the rot currently prevalent in Kogi,from the Tribunal,to the Court of Appeal,to the Apex court in 2015.

But this time around,the case is different as the Judiciary and alas the Supreme Court will need to extricate itself from the level of decadence and the magnitude of political hooliganism,manouvere in Kogi state in the 2019 election.

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Even though,it was revealed that from Kogi state government circle,there is already the feelings that Governor Yahaya Bello had paid both in cash and kind from the Tribunal,Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court.

Is it that the Appeal judges are not aware or averse of what both the National, international observers and media houses had reported on Kogi election, rather than the face saving statements of not proving beyond reasonable doubts, or mere hear say,as if they are not Nigerians owing to pretences and manipulation from the government circles?

In Kogi election, all the arms of security agencies in Nigeria were freely used in the state capital,thugs engaged the people of Kogi East and West, disallowed them from voting freely in some areas,figures were manipulated from the Central,revealed through forensic examination,yet some judges had feign comisseration.

It was reported before now,that Kogi state governor,Alhaji Yahaya Bello has never lost any case in court, including the high profile double registration of voters card and forgery, that led INEC into sacking some of it’s staff,but yet Bello came out unscathed.

Some attributed the win- win court cases to her mother’s wisdom,while glaringly it is not,but frequent gratification judges accept from Kogi governor.

The end products of several litigation victory for Kogi governor is underdevelopment of the state,lack of salary payment,rampant workers and unending screening,large borrowing both local and foreign,as well as lack of political will and direction to develop the state as well other quasi wrong decision of government.

But if truly and genuinely the judiciary is the last hope of the common man as uttered by Governor Yahaya Bello,his days are numbered,as the apex court should ressolve to assert itself,by taken a measure that will relive the confidence of the political class,as well as the polity in Kogi and Nigeria.

Kogi state has come a long way and seen alot of political upsurge,upturn and downturn in the last first four years of the present administration,as the worst is happening in the last few months.

The controversial decisions of the tribunal and Court of Appeal is testament of a highly compromised judicial interpretation of Nigerian Judiciary,as caution should be observed over any untowards decision in Kogi ,that will enliven more doubt on the Supreme Court and it’s finalty.

The apex court should assess the basis and the nitty gritty of the entire case from the mass evidences monitored by both local,private and international media houses, and presented as evidences as part of technicality to address the political class notion, that election could be won through any means possible.

The time has come for Nigerians and not only kogites,that it needs and respect people’s will,rather than ballot stuffing,political thuggery, manipulation,hooiiganiam and indecent political culture already initiated by the handlers of Kogi state.

It must prove beyond reasonable doubts too,that their emotions,actions and inactions is beyond the imagination of being lured through financial inducements,connections and other unforseen circumstances.

The Supreme Court must display patriotic zeal, determination and commitement to return Nigeria back from it’s lost glory in all facets, dangerously encouraged by the current judicial order.

It must avoid all forms lobbying either by proxy or any other means possible, that will further dent the image of their final arbiter status, and reverse the hand of the clock.

The boast in Kogi government circle that the panel to be constituted by the apex court will operate under the whims and caprices of the federal government and susceptible to state wishes,should be detonated through an independent judgement, that will be to the expectations of the people and will stand the taste of time.

Kogi as a miscroscope of the entire nation,cannot afford to allow leadership laxity to override the common interests of ordinary Nigerians, yearing for good governance through political participation.

A stitche in time,will save nine,as the polity is drifting with the judiciary oiling the process without recourse to the developement of all facets of Nigeria.

Kogi,Nigeria will be great again as history will continue to repeat itself.

Usman Okai Austin is a social crusader,
Media blogger and Public Affairs analyst.
Written from Abuja

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Irukera the Hope of Power shift to the west :

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There is no doubt that Nigeria as a country is in dire need of sterling leadership to steer the course of affairs.

Quality leadership has eluded us, sadly, even with the kids of men and women of outstanding accomplishments that God has endowed Nigeria with.
The same can be said of Kogi State. It was a promising state with all the potentials of greatness sitting pretty on abundance and strategically, connecting almost all the regions of the country.
All these can be harnessed for greatness by a forward looking and urbane leader who understands what the needs of the people are. There is no doubt that the state is in need of a leader. As the search for a leader who reflects the aspirations of the people gathers momentum, one name has resonated through the entire state.
He is Mr Babatunde Irukera.

The unassuming Babatunde Irukera is the head of a government agency saddled with the responsibility of ensuring healthy competition among producers, encouraging entrepreneurship and protecting the interests of the consumer.

He has, over the years, built a solid background for himself as a people’s man in legal practice, home and abroad. His love for equality and equity, even at costs to himself has earned him a wide network of admirers, supporters and followers that cut across the elite and the masses.

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As the digital age inevitably becomes a stark reality, the state, like any other state in Nigeria and the world, needs a leader that has emotional intelligence, unfeigned humanity, urbane approach to public issues, statewide acceptability and readiness to sit down and work.

All these are not in doubt, considering how his profile has risen since his days as a private legal practitioner and at the government agency. His tenure so far has been devoid of controversy.
The contentious issue of religion would not be any problem with this great man because he has shown incredible ability to deal in equal measures with people of various religious leanings.

It is my belief that such a man would be a great instrument of unity and speedy development of the State. Therefore, instead of all the names being thrown up here and there, we should all rally the support for who is who in Kogi west for him. This is to enable us to be taken seriously by the people of Kogi Central and Kogi East.

It is on the strength of the above that I am making a passionate appeal that in the spirit of fairness, we all need to throw our weights behind the people of Kogi West to produce the next governor of the state. This is because the people of Kogi East have served out their tenure and Kogi Central are on the verge of serving out their own tenure.
We will all agree that there is a need to create a balance among the components of the state.

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God bless Kogi State.
Samuel Olayemi

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TY Danjuma And Nigeria’s Present And Future (1), by Hassan Gimba

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Lieutenant General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, former Chief of Army Staff, former minister of defence, better known as TY Danjuma or TY for short, is not an unknown face to Nigerians.

Though some see him as controversial, others see him as a blunt man, a man who does not mince words, a man who does not pull punches, a man who suffers no fools. He is one among a very rare crop of Nigerian leaders on whom everyone has an opinion. Never colourless for people to be neutral where they stand with him. It is either you are for him or you are not.

However, whatever one’s views of TY, what cannot be denied him is his patriotism and nationalism. TY fought to keep Nigeria one. He also leaves no one in doubt that he will do so again. And again. He believes in one Nigeria and all his adult life he has worked to protect the country’s sovereignty, working for its greatness all the time.

To be honest, there is nothing that has not been written or said about him just as there is no recognition that he has not gotten or honour not conferred on him. As of now, he is about the most decorated Nigerian alive. His accolades have not been chiefly down to his fabulous wealth. No, not at all. After all, there are scores of Nigerians who are richer than him, yet they have not been half as recognised.

For instance, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 2003 organised a special convocation to confer on him an Honourary Doctor of Science. The university’s visitor, then President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, described him as his “hero and mentor”, saying he was “one of the most illustrious sons of our nation”.

For the former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, who chaired the occasion, no single Nigerian has contributed to the development of education in the country more than TY. The chancellor of the university, the Sultan of Sokoto, HRH Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, in his remarks eulogised the award recipient as “a detribalised Nigerian who has transformed the lives of a significant number of people in the society.”

But Nigeria is now in perilous times that it needs the voice of people like TY Danjuma. Oh, his voice rankles those who do not want the truth, for sure. People blinded by sentiment never accept the truth from blunt, say-it-as-it-is patriots. In 2018, there was an outcry from mostly northern Muslims over his call on people to “rise and defend themselves against killers”. He made the call on March 24 that year, at the maiden convocation ceremony of Taraba State University in Jalingo, the state capital.

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On April 2, in a write-up titled 2019 Election Timetable, TY Danjuma and Other Matters, I wrote: “This brings me to General T.Y. Danjuma and his call on people to defend themselves. Unfortunate as it is, especially coming from a personality no less than him, we should look deeply and dispassionately at the comments and situate them within the context of Nigeria’s current state.

“We also, side by side, have to keep in mind that it was Danjuma, once described by President Muhammadu Buhari as a soldier’s soldier, who, at the risk of his life or career, or both, led a northern revolt against General Aguyi Ironsi. Then the North believed, rightly or wrongly, that he was complicit in the killing of its leaders in the January 1966 coup. But then, the North had not been balkanised by its leaders into Muslim, Christian, Hausa-Fulani and the rest as it has now been by this crop of opportunistic, parasitic, self-serving, thieving and greedy so-called leaders.

“He fought to keep Nigeria one. He and the late General Shehu Musa Yar’adua were also there breathing down Obasanjo’s neck to keep faith with the 1979 return to democratic governance. And it was to a Northern Fulani Muslim the baton of governance was handed.

“In both major situations, Danjuma played pivotal roles for the North. He could have scuttled the 1979 hand over, but he didn’t. In all these cases he saw himself as a Nigerian and a Northerner. He is also believed to be one of Buhari’s staunchest financial and moral supporters throughout his various presidential candidacies when latter-day Buharists, who see nothing wrong in him now, were political foot soldiers elsewhere.

“Danjuma contributed at least $10m in 2014 for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Boko Haram-ravaged North East and is still contributing hugely to that cause through the Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative (PCNI) while those now desperate to label him ‘barawo’ and their paymasters cannot be counted among those who have helped their suffering brothers in the North East in any material way, save, perhaps, in releasing insurgents in the name of “deradicalisation”.

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“Yet, his comment is akin to giving up so late in his life of service to fatherland. So, what has happened to Nigeria now to warrant him losing faith in it – just like that? The Nigeria he fought for and served for almost all his life? This is what we must ask ourselves and answer dispassionately.

“Since the appearance of Boko Haram in the North East some ten years ago, I ask if there is anyone that, even if once, in the deepest recesses of his mind, has not thought of taking measures for self-defence? Why did we not fault Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi of Kano when he made the call on people to defend themselves? Was there no time that (some) Northern Muslim elders accused President Goodluck Jonathan of collaborating with the army to kill Northerners and reduce their voting population?

“Right now across our country, are people not feeling a heightened need to arm themselves for self-defence against armed robbers, kidnappers and bandits? That people had not done so is because they knew it was against the laws of the land but not because they believed they were secure enough. But people are frustrated and many would not dare to voice their frustrations publicly.

The Emir of Anka, in Zamfara State, Alhaji Attahiru Muhammad Ahmad, in tears, just called on the United Nations and the African Union to come to the aid of his people who are being killed like chickens almost daily. Yet Nigeria is a sovereign state.

“Let there be the rule of law and respect for human life. Government and its officials must abide by the laws. No one should be allowed to be above the law. People should not see government as vengeful or regarding courts and their judgments with disdain. People become law abiding when they see their government and its agents abiding by the laws of the land.

A lot of wrongs have been done. A lot is being done, yet there is no justice for victims, neither are culprits seen to be punished as the law stipulates. We have not addressed a lot of extra-judicial killings and plain murders. We always move on as if we are a country of people with short memories.

“Let there be justice in the land. Let a criminal know he can’t kill, maim and abduct and go scot-free. Let those who should secure the citizens and those who should dispense justice know that they can’t be lax or collude with undesirable elements and go free or remain in their duty posts. Let a victim know that the state will always give him justice fast and in full measure.

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“When the above is obtainable in society, definitely people like Citizen Danjuma won’t be making such comments. And if he does, no one will take him seriously.”

Someone who calls on people to defend themselves will know how to advise the government to protect the citizenry. Again, someone who has done more than anyone in the promotion of education will know how to resuscitate the education sector.

It is not while in service but in retirement that you know who is great and who shouldn’t be taken too seriously. He who lives a life of service to humanity in retirement should be the one to be trusted with the welfare of the people. And this is the life of TY Danjuma since retiring from active service in 1979.

Even though on a smaller scale and spread, being a non-governmental organisation, we can see that the TY Danjuma Foundation, established in 2009, has virtually taken over from where the Petroleum Trust Fund stopped.

Now that Boko Haram and its cousins – bandits, kidnappers and killer herdsmen – have shut down schools, making parents feel it is safer to keep their children at home than send them to school, Nigeria needs more of TY Danjuma as we will subsequently come to see.

Lest I Forget!

Why Are They Not Performing Umrah?

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) told us that if one performs Umrah during the month of Ramadan, it is as if he does Hajj with him. But he who feeds the needy during Ramadan will enter paradise together with him.

Hitherto our big men preferred to attend Hajj with the prophet than enter paradise with him.

This time around they were all forced to stay at home because in Saudi Arabia, they have scientific ways of knowing those injected with COVID-19 vaccines and they would turn those not injected back. To avoid being found out, they stayed back. Very embarrassing for the world to know it was just a ruse; their followers were just deceived.

Hassan Gimba
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Religion Must Not Divide Nigeria Under Our Watch By Ajogwu Jerry Ochada

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African Continent is the center of modern civilization (Egypt) yet many Africans often mistake westernization as civilization meanwhile, they are never in tandem.

Many eurocentric researchers are living in solitary immersion of subjective thoughts because they prefer reading stories of Africa authored and doctored by White imperialist without any sense of remorse while trashing the rich cultural ethics of oral tradition and various traditions of origin.

To buttress the least, Africans are not slaves, Africans are not weak, Africans are not wicked. Our ancestors had a well evolved culture and religion now tagged African Traditional Religion (ATR) before the incursion of the colonialists who veiled their intentions using religion as bait of conquest.

It should also be recalled that in areas where annexation by the Whites was rejected, so many rebellion and war of conquests was fought.

In other words, religion was forcefully imposed on many communities and nations in Africa. Take for instance, the Sokoto Jihad (1804 – 1810) which was ably inspired by Usman Dan Fodio of everlasting memories. Christianity on the other hand snookered into the shores of Nigeria by early merchants disguised as missionaries. These religion imposed by early traders, tourists, travellers and later slave merchants are not indigenous to Africa and it is pathetic to note that the Siamese religion is fast dividing the United Peoples of African descent in the 21st century.

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Why do we allow a borrowed religion to influence divisive tendencies?
Did ATR ever instigated brethren against each other?
What do we stand to gain when Nigeria is crushed under our watch?
Is this the Nigeria of our dreams?
Who are the terrorists and who are their sponsors?
What is causing the growing spate of kidnapping, banditry, insurgency and numerous calls for secession?

It is pathetic that as citizens, we are buried in the shallow graveyards of religious sentiments (directly or indirectly) and the overwhelming impact of modern day preachings circumvented via religious centers is affecting the sensibilities of worshippers thereby hunting sincere inclinations of peaceful coexistence amongst brothers from different mothers. Therefore, until the day Emeka stop evaluating Lawal and Adebayo under myopic lens summarized as a different citizen of Nigeria as a result of religious difference and indifference, the country is sitting on a keg of gunpowder. This is not a baseless assumption because current trends in the country is painting a bigger picture we are all striving to understand.

At the moment, we have few citizens of goodwill who are always on standby to make NIGERIA a better place by showcasing the real ideals of philanthropy without sentimental attachments to religion, ethnicity or class. Sadly, these class of detribalized Nigerians are haunted in broad daylights by evil gamblers of greed suffocating good intentions of the former. It is imperative that these men of goodwill should not be allowed to be beaten by the bug of sentimental approach which is detrimental and a clog in the wheels of development, peace and progress.

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It is time to change the narratives by inculcating passionate tenets and mannerisms especially in the mindset of the newer generations whose reasoning style and state of mind can still be rated as tabular rasa. Pupils should be thought from kindergarten classes that all Nigerians are one united people irrespective of religion, culture and geographical placements. This is also a wake-up call to the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and other sister organizations.

Conclusively, present day political culture in Nigeria should be trashed as a matter of urgency. Leaders should not be elected and recycled in Nigeria based on religious affiliations or regional consideration. The format should not align on the basis of a Muslim should rule after the tenure of a Christian or viceversa. If truly we are sincere and humane and ready to practice honest politics of political power rotation, then subscribers of African Traditional Religion should also feature in the rotational process.

I attended a Unity School where everyone is equal before God and man. All thanks to General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) who envisioned the glorious need for all Nigerians to come together despite passing through the corridors of a Civil War (1967–70) that could not break the country however, shadows of Biafran insurrection is still in vogue and it takes the refined idiosyncracy of a tough leader to crush varying agitations lingering in the country. To curb these menace, no sacred cow should be permitted to roam around romancing with terrorists, spew all sorts of hate speech yet he or she is free as a bird perhaps pardoned by religious supremacy / mutual understanding.

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Furthermore, allocating school admissions and employment slots on the margins of religion should be scrapped. This should be based on merits not religious calculations captioned as connection, grace or miracle. So many intelligent citizens are roaming the streets depressed because of systematic defects of illicit practices which is not even constitutional yet inherently operational in Nigeria against all odds. If ATR which is indigenous to Nigeria and Africa cannot divide us, we should not allowed any borrowed religion that filtered in from another Continent to cause us more harm than good.

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