For as many lazy-myopic Northern elite that we have in this country, there are double greedy-selfish Southern elite too.
For as many lazy-myopic Northern elite that we have in this country, there are double greedy-selfish Southern elite too.
While I was gravitating towards giving Justice Iyang Okoro of the Supreme Court the benefit of doubt, the learned but allegedly corrupt legal luminary threw lots of spanner in the wheel of my thought process with this aspect of his story:
In his letter,
Justice Okoro has claimed that the sum of $38,800 found in his apartment during the raid by the DSS were the accumulation of the $24,000/year and €10,000/year ecstacode (travel & medical allowance) he has been receiving as a Supreme Court Justice for the past 3 years.
The old man expects me to believe that he has been stockpiling $38,800 in his private vault over a 3-year period!
I hear you Sir! 😂
Please don’t tell me it was recession that didn’t make him take the money to the bank or invest the money on something.
There was no recession 3 years ago.
There was no recession 2 years ago.
Baba was keeping raw dollars in his house!
Justice Okoro cum Bureau-De-Change operator! 😀
The spin doctors are at work here!
On the other hand, based on allegations alone, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi – the Minister of Transportation – should be behind bars by now.
He has been fingered in virtually all the corruption cases and violence from the South-South!
Finally, there’s nothing like “judiciary independence” in this country. From Justice Okoro’s letter, his allegations (which I tend to believe) of “executive pressure” from Amaechi and Umana is very disturbing.
The executive arm of government all over this country is notorious for placing undue pressure on the judiciary. It is worrisome!
While I totally agree that women need protection. I also agree that their rights are being trampled upon on a daily basis in the most tragic of manners. Their self esteem is significantly reduced because of a disease called the “male chauvinism”. Their sexuality is continually exploited negatively and they are made to feel their appearance is the most socially acceptable thing they can possess, thus making a lot of women focus on their appearance for most of their lives and not on their brain.
I believe feminism isn’t just about protecting the female from being sexually objectified but more importantly about realising that there is more to every woman than their looks and their ability to prepare a sumptuous meal. Realising that they have as much mental capacities and capabilities (if not more) as the male. And their relevance within society and even within our families is tremendous, even as tremendous as that of the man.
Feminism should not be about the woman desperately trying to be equal to the man. It should be built on the ideology (and fact, if I must add) that the role of a woman is just as important as that of a man within the society.
What I disagree with – in its entirety – is the subtle attack on religion as the bane of feminism. I will never agree to any submission that says religion plays a major role in subjugating women.
It is nonsensical to posit that religion is the principal reason for female subjugation. In fact, some ideologues are stating that no other factor has had more influence on suppressing feminism than religion!
Arguments such as – “religion places the woman beneath the man”, “religion talks about submission”, “religion talks about how a woman is only good for giving birth and what’s in between her legs”, “religion reduces a woman’s value and dignity based on her sexual activities” – sounds blasphemous to me!
They are also positing thus: “from the very first book in the Bible, the idea of the female was portrayed to be that of a supporting cast and not one of the main character. And as one who led humanity to their downfall.”
My response to these lazy ideologues is simple and straightforward – the author of the first book in the Bible knows that the female is best suited as a supporting cast and not the main cast.
All of humanity derives its “ideology” from religion.
What the proponents of the new ideologues are saying in essence is that the human race should discard religion in its entirety. This proposition is dangerous!
Blaming religion for “female subjugation” is actually a direct confrontation on all religious beliefs. Religion is divine. The rulings are sacrosanct. Various religions have guided the human race since time immemorial.
Without religion, the human race would have been in total and utter chaos! I will NEVER challenge that which has kept, preserved and maintained the hegemony of all human race irrespective of colour, creed or race since time immemorial.
The only problem with genuine feminism is the unchecked eruption of ideologues with populist appeal who parade themselves as “modern day pro-feminists”!
I’ve deliberately refrained from mentioning “Christianity” or “Islam”. I kept on harping on “religion”.
Whatever the type of religion is – Jewish, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Traditional beliefs etc – the bottom line is this: religion remains the number one glue holding this world together. Without religion, this planet would have been blasted to smithereens!
Calling out religion as a stumbling block to feminism is outright balderdash!
Salami Ismail Oyewale “El’Sama”
I am a Muslim, at least by virtue of religion affiliation. As a kid, I grew up in a small township of Iworoko in Ekiti State, a beautiful rural community with a population largely predominated by Christians and Traditional worshippers.
Out of every fifty, about one was an atheist; therefore to say that everyone that lived there had a ‘god’ to serve is a valid argument. Save me the fallacy of hasty generalization.
The bottom-line remains that they all co-habited in a peaceful, serene and orderly environment in which the dwellers never argued about the dividing factors of religion, ethnicity or origin. They capitulated rather on those uniting factors of having same Nationality, same ancestors and serving same God. Everyone held it a duty to be their brother’s keepers.
Those that maim, lynch or cast aspersions upon the Christians under the disguise of religion incongruity has gotten it all wrong. Those are not the values with which I was brought up as a kid. Those are not Jihad. They are not the teachings of Islam. They are madness. They are sin. They are condemnable!
As a grown Muslim, my debut public relationship with a Christian body was in August 2011, a period within which my immediate family was in a critical financial situation. I was only 18 at the time and a newly admitted student of the Federal University of Technology Akure. Upon my admission into the institution, I was required to pay some urgent fees totaling about N60,000 only. As little as it might sound in your hearing, it was ‘war’ before my family could gather half of the said amount. I was at the verge of forfeiting the admission.
The payment deadline was fast approaching. I wept helplessly. My mother did same. My very good brother rallied round the entire extended family. Some mocked him. Some contributed according to their individual capabilities. Some told him stories of how much indebted they themselves were or how their own children slept on empty stomachs the night before.
I was demoralized. I was afraid too. Suddenly, I received a text from the Living Word Revival Assembly Inc., a church of God located in Ikoyi, Lagos. Earlier in the year, I had participated in an extra-mural class organized by the social responsibility department of the church in which all young boys and girls seeking admission at that time were not only extensively tutored in English Language and mathematics (the general prerequisite for admissions into Nigerian Institutions of Higher learning) but also were adequately taught national values and indispensable human morals, ethics and character.
I and about 300 other young folks were beneficiaries of this gesture. I was allowed to participate not minding that I was ‘Abdul-Fatai’. We were only about 3 Muslims out of the almost 300 participants. Furthermore, I was unanimously selected to be the captain of the class. I delivered the valedictory speech at the end of the program. I had also emerged 1st and 2nd positions in English language and mathematics respectively in the tests that were conducted.
Owing to this feat, the church had pledged to sponsor my first year in any university of my choice in the world. Then, FUTA was my choice. I was skeptical about the church’s willingness and sincerity since I was neither a member of the church nor even a Christian. So, when I received the sudden text message to be present at the church’s congregation the following Sunday, I was aghast, flabbergasted and stood in a five minutes frozen tableau!
I told my family of the development. We went there together and to our utter surprise, I was given the same amount of One Hundred and Fifty thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety naira (N150, 890.00) which I had informed the church was capable of efficiently sustaining me through my first year in the University. I was given in cash. Not in cheque or promissory note. The money came as a ‘bailout’.
My family was relieved and I could pursue my academics with greater vigor. Hope was temporarily restored. The Christian folks had helped a poor little Muslim boy with strong desire to get an education. They had helped me. Ever since then, I had a changed orientation.
To further underscore the tolerance of the Christian folks around, just yesterday my very good friend, Babarinde Oluwatosin Mercy (O’tosin Babarinde) invited me to the sent forth ceremony organized in honor of the graduating students of the Redeemed Campus Fellowship (RCF, FUTA). I honored the invitation and I received a warm welcome by them at the event.
As a matter of fact, they all knew I was Muslim, but they still fed me with big pounded yam, exotic juice and other refreshments before we proceeded to the Dinner and Award night organized in honor of the graduating students of the School of Environmental Technology where I was surprisingly presented with the award of the ‘Most Popular Graduating Student’.
I thank them and I thank the entire Christian community. I remain a very proud Muslim that acknowledges the kindness of our Christian brothers and sisters. Till my last day, I will not kill a Christian or any human for that matter.
There is no reason why Christians must die, especially in the hands of the Muslims. We all are God’s children.
What do you think?
Abdul-Fatai Olugbade Omoscow.
That the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) enjoys a symbiotic relationship with display of hooliganism and thuggery at every convention ground is not new. What is disheartening is the non commitment, on the part of stakeholders, students and student leaders, to wipe out this menace from the lexicon of our students representation.
The NANS 2016 Convention, which was holding in Gombe State, has ended in a deadlock due to the breakdown of law and order in the rank and file of the participants at the convention.
Report has it that all hell broke lose when the Convention Chairman (the umpire for the election process) was elected. The Convention Chairman, having allegedly served as the Campaign Manager for one of the Presidential aspirant emerged as the umpire for the exercise. The other leading presidential aspirant cried foul, alleging that with such personality emerging as the umpire for the election, there is no way he won’t be biased towards the preferred presidential candidate he campaigned for. It was on that note that all caution was thrown to the wind, fracas broke out, guns, matchetes and other dangerous weapons were allegedly being brandished by thugs sympathetic to one of the leading presidential aspirant, thus disrupting the process as nominations for the presidential post was about to commence. The rest, as we all know, is now history.
Resources – spiritual, personal, financial, metaphysical and time, expended by every aspirants, students, stakeholders and the government for the Gombe State convention has now gone down the drain. It doesn’t take rocket science to know that Gombe State – the venue of the convention, is a very far location to the majority of institutions. The lengthy distance, risky trip, waste of finances, time and resources is mind blowing.
The betting odds on the NANS 2016 Convention being hitch free was closer to 0! But that no elective post would be conducted at all is unprecedented, at least, to my knowledge!
As it stands now, the outgoing (outgone) NANS National Officials and the Convention Planning Committee (CPC) stand dissolved!
What it implies is that our dear association, NANS, as at today, has no elected representative at the National level. All students interest are now vested in the respective zonal structures, state structures and individual institutions.
Our association needs a proper restructuring – from the composition of the CPC to the eligibility of the aspirants, we need a comprehensive overhaul of the NANS Electoral process.
1 – CPC MEMBERSHIP
The number one criteria for CPC membership MUST be studentship.
If members of the CPC are non-students, what moral justification they do have to screen out a non-student from contesting?
A system MUST be put in place to ensure that all CPC members are students of any tertiary institution in Nigeria.
The current illegal practice whereby every outgoing NANS President compiles the list of CPC members is constitutionally wrong, questionable and open to bias.
I’ll quote some section of the NANS Constitution and Charter of Demands to substantiate my positions.
COMMITTEE AND COMMISSIONS
(A) “NANS Congress shall establish committees and commissions (standing or ad-hoc) when deemed necessary. It shall also appoint the members of such comittees and commissions.”
The NANS President does not have the right to usurp the duties and powers of the NANS Congress.
The CPC is like every other committee or commission of NANS. It is to be constituted by the NANS Congress only and not by the NANS President and his executives.
If a compromise is to be reached, a more workable solution would be the formation of the CPC that is open to nomination from respective NANS JCC (state structures) via the NANS Zonal structures. The current ‘tradition’ where the incumbent NANS President and his cohorts handpicks each CPC member to represent a state will always be lopsided.
2 – ASPIRANTS
I find it appalling that at this age and time, we are still debating if an aspirant contesting to hold a position as an executive/official of an association named: the “NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN STUDENTS (NANS)” should be a student or not.
Can you become a NLC executive without being a labour member?
Can you become an ASUU official without being a lecturer?
Can you become NURTW official without being a driver?
Can you become the Governors’ Forum Chairman without being a governor?
Can you become the SUG President of an institution without being a student of such institution?
If the answers to the above questions are in the negative, then how do you justify being a NANS official without being a student?
The NANS Constitution and Charter of Demands is very clear on the studentships of anybody aspiring to hold any elective position in NANS.
ELIGIBILITY TO HOLD EXECUTIVE POST
(A) “(I) Any active student from any of Nigeria institution of higher learning whose virile membership of NANS is not in doubt will be eligible to hold an EXCO post in NANS. Should an aspirant hold any executive post in his institution, he shall compulsorily have to relinquish that institution Executive post for National assignment of NANS.
(II) He has to unambiguously satisfy the Electoral laws as stipulated by electoral commission established under this constitution.
(III) Only student from autonomous members unions that have fulfilled their financial obligation to NANS as provided in Article 33(a) are qualified to contest.”
From the above section of the NANS Constitution, it is obvious that the number one and perhaps most sacrosanct criteria to contest for any NANS post MUST be studentship!
Intellectual prowess, exemplary oratory skills, intimidating experience etc CAN NOT be a substitute for not being a student.
3 – CONVENTION CHAIRMAN
The Convention Chairman MUST also be a student.
A system should be put in place to ensure that the convention chairman MUST be unbiased with no (known) affiliation to any of the aspirants. You can’t go around campaigning for aspirant “A” only for you to aspire to become the umpire in the same election. It’s similar to the INEC boss being a “chief campaigner” for a political party!
4 – NANS YEAR
“NANS Year shall be from the end of one convention to the end of the next convention.”
The above section of the NANS Constitution and Charter of Demand is what successive regimes have been hiding under to elongate their stay in office beyond 12 months. The truth is that, these successive past regimes have not violated this particular constitutional provision.
The implication of the above section of the NANS constitution is that a regime could be in office for as long the “the end of one convention to the end of another convention”. It could take 6-month, 12-month, 18-month or 24-month for that period to elapse.
The authors of the NANS Constitution and Charter of Demands in their wisdom, answered any question that may arise from the interpretation of “the end of one convention to the the end of another convention” by stating emphatically in the article below that each convention shall be annually:
(B) THE CONVENING AUTHORITY
(I) “NANS Senate shall at all their last meeting fix the date of the next annual convention. No other organ of NANS shall appropriate to itself the duty of convening the convention other than NANS Senate.
(II) The annual convention shall be held every year between the months of November and December.”
It is from this section that we are made aware that it is constitutionally wrong for any regime to stay beyond 12-month in office.
The overstay in office of a regime usually contributes immensely to the palpable tension and boiling hostility in the rank and file of the Nigerian Students’ movement.
We need a constitutional amendment to clearly define the duration of the “NANS Year” in terms of months thereby ensuring that the convention is done annually, thus preventing instances where NANS officials hide under “ARTICLE 33: NANS YEAR”, to stay beyond 12 months in office.
There are a million things wrong with our association. I think we will be doing ourselves a world of good by correcting these ills by starting with the NANS Electoral Reforms.
If the politicians are messing up the national political landscape, we, as students, should tidy up our students’ fold in preparation for bigger role in the society.
It beats my imagination how student leaders who had previously held the very topmost positions in NANS keep fighting to become members of the CPC!
Why not leave the students’ fold and move on to become LG Chairmen, HOA members, HOR members etc?
There’s something fundamentally wrong with our system.
• CONSTITUTIONAL IMPASSE
In lieu of the disruption of the NANS 2016 Convention, who shall convey the convention (it can’t be a Senate Meeting) for the election of NANS officials?
FUNCTIONS OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONGRESS
(E) “The tenure of the office of the chairman of congress shall be for the duration of the convention for which he was elected.”
From the above section, fellow Nigerian students, we are all at the whims and capricious benevolence of the Convention Chairman as the convention he was elected to chair has technically not elapsed.
Then that takes us to this section:
(B) THE CONVENING AUTHORITY
(I) “NANS Senate shall at all their last meeting fix the date of the next annual convention. No other organ of NANS shall appropriate to itself the duty of convening the convention other than NANS Senate.”
No other organ of NANS has the power to convey a convention other than the NANS Senate.
But the NANS Senate leadership (Senate President, Deputy Senate President and Clerk) has been dissolved. Now, who will convey the convention on behalf of the NANS Senate?
Technically, the Convention Chairman calling the next convention is open to debate!
LONG LIVE THE NIGERIAN STUDENTS’ MOVEMENT!
RE: “The Hadiza Bala Usman they don’t Know” by Uba Sani
 Hadiza Bala Usman’s Father was the famous Historian, Dr. Yusuf Bala Usman
Just fresh from the university, she was made an Aide to Mallam Nasir el’Rufai at the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE). – 2001
● Can one rule out her fathers’ “connect” in getting her that first shot of becoming an “aide” to el’Rufai in 2001?
● How many “fresh graduates” become “aides” in Nigeria?
VERDICT: “man know man” syndrome.
 “From the BPE, Mallam Nasir el’Rufai absorbed several of these well groomed aides to the Federal Capital Territory Administration structure when he
became the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory in 2003.” – Uba Sani
Mallam Nasir el’Rufai practically took his structures (backroom staffs) from the BPE to the FCTA.
Don’t change a winning formula/team!
VERDICT: Competency fried with “man-know-man” syndrome.
 Special Assistant (SA) on Project Implementation to the FCT Minister, Mallam Nasir el’Rufai – 2003
Again, why change a winning team? Ride on o ye ruling elites.
VERDICT: The “man know man” spirit was maintained.
 Co-convener: Bring-Back-Our-Girls (BBOG) Campaign – 2014
Hadiza Bala Usman had to carve a niche for herself.
She joined forces with the opposition to form the BBOG movement. Irrespective of the partisan colouration of the BBOG Campaign, the group brought massive publicity to the plight of the missing girls. It enabled us beam our conscience searchlight on the GEJ administration.
 Administrative Secretary of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Organization – 2014/2015
A reward for her works with the BBOG movement?
Your guess is as good as mine!
In case you’ve forgotten, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi was the Chairman of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Organization.
VERDICT: The status quo of “man-know-man” syndrome returns.
 Chief of Staff to the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el’Rufai – 2015
● A bigger reward for her works with the BBOG movement?
● A reward for her competency while she worked closely with Mallam Nasir el’Rufai at both the BPE and FCTA?
VERDICT: I suspect the “man-know-man” syndrome was spiced with some competency sauce. UNDECIDED
 Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) – 2016
Guess who nominated her to be the MD of the NPA?
Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, the then Chairman of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Organization, who is the current Minister of Transportation!
VERDICT: Are you still doubting if this country isn’t about “man-know-man”?
Finally, on the flip side, Hadiza Bala Usman pitched her tent with a formidable mentor in Mallam Nasir el’Rufai. He has taken her from the debris of a “fresh graduate” to the gateway of the country’s threshold of revenue outside crude oil – the NPA!
Find a competent mentor today and stop ranting endlessly on social media. #BeWise
Form a purposeful movement in real life. Who knows, your camp might be in power tomorrow, you’ll be rewarded greatly. #BeWise
Lest I forgot, Uba Sani is the Special Adviser on Political Matters to Mallam Nasir El’Rufai, Governor of Kaduna state.
Did I mention it that Uba Sani previously served as the Special Adviser on Political Matters to Mallam Nasir El’Rufai, when he was the FCT Minister?
“Man-know-Man” syndrome tì takeover!