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Nigeria: A United Country Divided By It’s Leaders

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By Nnamdi Ibezim

From the Fulani herders of the Sahel savannah plains in Zamfara to the Berom people of the Jos plateaus down to the Ijaws of the Niger Delta, Nigeria is a country blessed with a population that boasts diversity and strength, even more significant is the natural resources that abound in the lands that these dwellers have settled, and in many cases thrived, and is the core of our economic sustainability.

Nigeria has over 350 ethnic groups

There is no gainsaying with the postulation that Nigeria is one of the most blessed countries in the world, however there seems to be a fundamental problem with Nigeria in that for many years, the country has failed to find it’s footing amongst the most productive countries in the world.

How did we decay to this point? How did it get this bad? How does a country so blessed mingle in poverty and regressive socio-economic setbacks? These are some of the questions a lot of Nigerians young and old often ask and we seem not to get a satisfactory response because of the complex nature of our existence as a nation.

You see, Nigeria used to be two semi-sovereign regions, the Northern and Southern protectorates, these regions had their peculiarities and uniqueness, prior to the amalgamation of these two regions in 1914.

They existed with a substantially varying degree of differences economically, socially, traditionally, and ethnically, for example, the north had a more conservative culture, they practiced Islam, and were less liberal as ideologies were shaped by ‘think tanks’, prominent people most of whom were educated, of affluence or from a royal background.

On the other hand, the south was an egalitarian, capitalist, and more liberal society, majority of whom practiced Christianity as their primary or only religion.

These differences were observed and respected during the colonial era, southern Nigeria particularly Lagos became a British protectorate early on in 1862 after which they quickly spread their network across the other parts of the southern region and commandeered the regions administration with permission and assistance of local rulers whom they made warrant chiefs, preaching, and in many cases forcing the Christian religion on the people after being encouraged to abandon their traditional beliefs and practices.

Northern Nigeria on the other hand whom were already united under a common religion, Islam with the Sokoto caliphate as it’s epicentre, presented a stiff resistance to the British colonizers but would eventually become a major ally, going on to gain independence in 1953 even before Nigeria did (1960), the British didn’t force Christianity on them as they did the South.

However, despite these ‘differences’, people from the two regions co-existed, they did business, engaged in social activities, and lived happily, their ethno-religious differences didn’t divide them, so what did?

What comes to mind when you hear the term ‘politician’?, does it sound anything like the following; corruption, greed, embezzlement, evil, and evil? I can never understand why the people put in charge of protecting the people are the ones who harm them, worse is that they were put there by the same people they stay harming.

It is a known fact that corruption is a world wide thing, it’s synonymous with politics, however in Nigeria it’s a way of life, if you’re a politician in Nigeria, it’s almost like a prerequisite to be corrupt or have the tendency to be.

Ever asked yourself why during ethnic crises, you’d never find the rich fighting amongst themselves, it’s always the poor, destitute, and delinquents that want to tear themselves apart.

This is because it is an artificial creation meant to distract the people from focusing on them while they embezzle and loot the people’s treasury dry, it’s a decoy.

They know that if there’s peace and nothing to fight about, there will be enough calm to audit their activities and hold them accountable for every step they take. So what do they do? they stoke up ethnic and religious tensions by propagating divisive comments, actions, and programs through any means they can lay their hands.

This way, instead of Kabiru holding the senator from his zone accountable for good governance after voting them in, he’s focused on Emeka who ‘has taken over the area’ with commodity trading because he’s been taught from an early age that Igbos are greedy and domineering people.

So he grows up with resentment towards a man who has done nothing but trying to eke out a living. These politicians control the media, churches/mosques, school curriculums, tertiary institutions, etc.

This is why most of them dislike social media where information is decentralized and has helped in dispelling a lot of their sponsored propaganda that spur ethnic tensions, the traditional media where information is centralized and can pretty much churn out any garbage to push a narrative and create agenda against a person, group or organization.

Nigerians in traditional ethnic attires

I can’t wait for the day when Nigerians see the truth, that the Igbo man is not an enemy to a Yoruba or Hausa man, and vice versa, and that the real enemy is that senator who has represented their community for 20 years in the National Assembly without doing any reasonable project for their people but rather embezzling and enriching himself, family and cronies.

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African Union Takes Action: Republic of Niger Suspended Amidst Political Unrest

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In a decisive move that reverberated across the continent, the African Union (AU) announced the suspension of the Republic of Niger from its membership ranks.

This momentous decision was unveiled during the African Union’s Peace and Security Council meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday, August 22.

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The suspension stems from the recent political turmoil that engulfed the nation, with the African Union pointing to the coup orchestrated by Gen Abdourahamane Tchiani on Wednesday, July 26. As part of a series of sanctions imposed on the francophone West African country, the Republic of Niger faced the repercussions of its internal upheaval.

The African Union’s stance was uncompromising, as it made it clear that Western nations seeking to meddle in African affairs should refrain from interfering. This firm message was directed from the heart of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the AU’s call for autonomy echoed loudly.

The events leading up to Niger’s suspension unfolded against a backdrop of political uncertainty and unrest. The coup in Niger, orchestrated by Gen Abdourahamane Tchiani, prompted the Afican Union to take action. Their decision to suspend Niger was not taken lightly and was ratified during the Peace and Security Council meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on August 22.

The aftermath of the military takeover in left President Mohamed Bazoum in captivity, held under the close watch of the juntas in Niger. Despite international pressure, the release of the president and his family remains elusive. This tense situation compelled the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to intervene, imposing sanctions on Niger and establishing a deadline for the initiation of military intervention by the sub-regional body’s standby forces.

The suspension of the Republic of Niger from the African Union serves as a stark reminder of the continent’s commitment to upholding stability and safeguarding democratic governance. The swift response underscores the African Union’s dedication to maintaining order and security within its member states, sending a resounding message to the global community about the importance of respecting Africa’s sovereignty.

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Peter Obi: “I Campaigned For Presidency Because I Can Say It Any Day, I Will Solve The Problem Of Nigeria”

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In a recent tweet that has caught the attention of many, @MissPearls shares an inspiring declaration made by former Anambra state governor and Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi. According to @MissPearls, Peter Obi proclaimed, “I campaigned for Presidency because I can say it any day, I Will SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF NIGERIA. All these confusion everywhere can BE SOLVED, and I am PREPARED for it”

Peter Obi: I Campaigned For Presidency Because I Can Say It Any Day, I Will Solve The Problem Of Nigeria.

Peter Obi’s bid for the presidency in the recent elections stirred considerable excitement and garnered support from diverse quarters, particularly the youth demographic. The former governor is known for his progressive ideas and pragmatic approach to governance, which resonated with many Nigerians who sought change and effective solutions to the country’s myriad challenges.

Despite his extensive support and well-articulated vision, Peter Obi’s presidential ambitions faced formidable opponents in the election. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released results that placed him behind the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who emerged as the winner, and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who came second. However, these results were met with skepticism due to apparent electoral irregularities that marred the integrity of the process.

In response to the controversial election outcome, both Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar filed legal challenges against the INEC’s declaration. This move underscores their commitment to upholding the democratic process and ensuring that the voice of the electorate is accurately reflected. As the election Tribunal Judges prepare to deliver their verdict, Nigeria watches with bated breath, eager to witness justice being served.

Meanwhile, the administration of Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu has taken significant policy actions since assuming office. The removal of fuel subsidies and the decision to float the Naira have triggered mixed reactions across the nation. While these measures may be intended to foster economic stability and growth, the immediate consequences have been felt by everyday Nigerians. The cost of living has surged, and the socio-economic effects on the rich and the poor have become more pronounced.

As the Nigerian population navigates these shifts, the aftermath of the election and the ensuing governance strategies offer a critical juncture for evaluating the nation’s trajectory. The voices of discontent, expressed by citizens facing the brunt of these policies, highlight the necessity for leaders to prioritize the well-being of the populace while pursuing economic advancements. It is essential for the government to strike a balance between fiscal prudence and safeguarding the interests of the vulnerable segments of society.

The policy changes implemented by Bola Tinubu have shed light on the delicate balance between progress and the welfare of the people. As the nation waits for the tribunal’s judgment and the dust settles on the recent election, Nigeria stands at a crossroads, with the potential to reshape its future trajectory and address the systemic challenges that have held it back for far too long.

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Youths in Kano Defy Police Ban to Protest Alleged Tribunal Bribery

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Hundreds of determined youths in Kano took to the streets, defying a police ban, to protest what they perceive as attempts to manipulate the state election petition tribunal. This incident unfolded against the backdrop of a ban on protests by the Commissioner of Police, Usuani Gumel, following revelations of alleged plots to obstruct justice through financial inducement in legal proceedings.

Youths in kano

The rally, which unfolded outside the state government house, saw impassioned youths brandishing placards with messages that underscored their commitment to justice and the integrity of the electoral process. Their actions were sparked by concerns over an alleged plan to bribe the state election petition tribunal, casting a shadow over the fairness of the process.

The ban on protests was issued in response to recent revelations made by Justice Flora Azinge, who unveiled purported schemes by lawyers to disrupt the course of justice through financial incentives. The Commissioner of Police cited “confirmatory intelligence products” as the basis for this decision, leaving a contentious atmosphere surrounding the freedom of assembly and the right to peaceful protest.

This ban, however, failed to deter the resolute youths who carried a variety of placards conveying their strong stance against corruption, manipulation, and injustice. The slogans they chanted resonated with their determination to safeguard the sanctity of the electoral process and uphold transparency in governance.

Among the messages displayed, one placard caught the eye with its direct callout: “Gandollar, stop spoiling the name of Tinubu.” This highlights the allegation that financial impropriety is tainting the reputation of key political figures.

In a video circulated online, the enthusiastic protesters chanted slogans that echoed their deep-seated concerns. Chants of “No to corruption,” “No to injustice,” and “No to manipulation” reverberated through the crowd, embodying the youth’s unwavering commitment to fair and accountable governance.

Addressing the gathering, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf praised the peaceful conduct of the protesters and assured them that their concerns would be relayed to President Bola Tinubu. This gesture recognizes the role of the youth in shaping political discourse and underscores the importance of their voices in the pursuit of a just society.

In conclusion, the youths in Kano have seized the moment to voice their concerns and demands for an unbiased electoral process. Their defiance of the police ban serves as a reminder that public sentiment cannot be easily suppressed. As this incident unfolds, it raises important questions about the delicate balance between freedom of assembly, legitimate protest, and maintaining public order. It also underscores the critical role of the youth in shaping the political landscape and demanding accountability from their leaders.

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