CALL FOR UNITY: NATIONISM VS NATIONALISM IN NIGERIA.

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A Cross Representation of the Major tribes/ethnics in Nigeria

Justifiably, the creation work of the british administration in this part of the sub Saharan Africa over a century ago has not only suffered instability but also disunity. Nigeria has (and is still witnessing) series of events, actions and reactions. And like a seasoned movie, the end is not in sight.

These continual troubles have further raised issues and opinions as to whether the Fredrick Luggard’s hosted marriage was even a right bid. So far, the country is been torn apart by internal crisis, war, and hates speeches thereby threatening the nationhood.

Sir Hugh Clifford, the British colonial administrator and Governor General of Nigeria ( 1920 – 1931 ) after Fredrick Luggard, described Nigeria as “a collection of independent Native States, separated from one another by great distances , by differences of history and traditions and by ethnological, racial, tribal, political, social and religious barriers.” –Culled from James Smoot Coleman’s book, Nigeria (p. 194).

It is in this plight that this article wills to dig out solutions from the present ditch using sociolinguistics terms and some historical antecedents as it relates to the theme. The title has already given insights to the approach. First, we would understand the concepts of ‘Nationism and ‘Nationalism’. Then we forge ahead with other relevant concepts.

Nationism:
Nationism is the practical effort and services geared towards running and maintaining a nation. This means that, unlike the belief of some, nations are artificial creations. Therefore, Continue reading

A BREAKDOWN OF THE 33 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE; INTERPRETATIONS AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS.

Just as promised some weeks ago, the 8th Senate under the leadership of Senator Bukola Saraki is fulfilling the Constitutional amendment process. The senate is riding on an already established record of numerous bill passage within its first 2yrs of inauguration. Thus, it is making a giant stride with the constitution review considerations.

The Constitution review committee, as chaired by the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, this week submitted 33 bills on the floor of the house for considerations. And we the use of the Electronic voting system (e-voting), 29 out of it were successfully passed yesterday.

Among the passed bills are the famous #nottoyoungtorun bill, Local government autonomy bill, restriction of tenure and financial autonomy of the states government.
Below is a breakdown, voting results, interpretations and status of each bill.

Bill 1: Amendment of the Members of the Council of States.
Interpretation: The Council of States which currently consists of the sitting President, living ex-presidents and the sitting Senate President and speaker should now include the ex-Senate president “provided that such a person was not removed from office by the process of impeachment”.

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TOWARDS 2019: RESTRUCTURING AS THE WAY FORWARD

stock-photo-restructuring-and-downsizing-in-a-company-concept-152995343I am not as old as the 2nd republic, but the little history has taught me revealed that every general election in Nigeria gears up specific themes targeted at reviving the nation. However, there is never a period within these timeline that these themes have pragmatically stood their course. The 1979’s Green Revolution; 1993’s Hope campaign, 1999’s Power Agenda, the 2011’s 7-point Agenda, 2015’s transformation Agenda and the 2015’s Change Mantra. 2019 is around the corner and we are planning to sing a new song.

Our cry for ‘Change’ in 2015 was amazing. Everyone seriously wanted a real change in the then status quo of in orderliness. Our politicians saw the anxiety; picked it up and personalized it. It superbly got them the key to the Aso Villa and ‘Power’ succinctly conceded to ‘Change’. The problem wasn’t in the mantra but in the lack of direction and motif. Now the change we all wanted becomes wavy to handle. ‘Change the Change’ is the counter slogan to employ.

Only suddenly have we now discovered scattered reasons and facts on why we cant co-exist with one another. The Cat and Dog story have been revived to suit their aim. The germane issues of governance are left unattended to and accusing fingers are pointed at one another. Nigeria is a made up of 6 geo-political zones and (amazingly) 5 out of it are feeling cheated and segregated by the only one. As it stands, secession is the new threat in town. Continue reading

THE EXECUTIVE VS LEGISLATURE RIFT; A SHARP LOOK INTO THE CAUSE.

2015 went down in our political history as the most dramatic year since the handover of governance to civilian powers. I remembered each month had its peculiar story. From January till December was a hit back to back. Thanks to our seasoned political actors and players.

The Elections, allegations and Counter responses from every sides of the divide drenched the nation into its strongest political mess. The aftermath of this mess spread into 2016 till 2017. As a matter of fact, we are still nursing the damages incurred. If care isn’t taken, we will walk into 2019 with the heaps.

The truth being that some issues were intentionally left unsolved and unattended to. As a result of the trending ‘selfishism’ or just a way to promote the already prophesied shenanigan initiated by the UN to be the aftermath of the 2015 elections. Recall that everyone had predicted the end of ‘Nigeria’ by 2015. The election came and went. We are not divided though, but the chants and body language as of today is pointing a delayed division at sight.

Nigerians voted out the ruling power in 2015 strongly because of two things: Continue reading

Who is the Presidency? Lets Reply the SGF; Babachir Lawal.

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The media hasn’t recovered fully from the cataclysmic shock it received last week following the news of the Suspension of the Secretary to the Federal Government, Babachir David Lawal. B D Lawal (as he is fondly called), prior to this news, is seen to ‘untouchable’. After concrete allegations against him, the man still seems to be standing on both legs. Some has even referred to him as one of the demons (cabal) in the villa.
Pending investigation reports, Babachir was suspended alongside the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) by ‘the Presidency’. The Latter needs to wash himself clean of involvement in 49million Dollars Cash hoarding found in a Flat in Ikoyi, Lagos. A panel of 3 led by the V.President, Yemi Osinbajo, together with the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, was immediately set up by the President, Muhammadu Buhari to probe and investigate the SGF. Recall that the Senate had accused him of mismanaging IDP funds back in December.

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Mixed trails of reactions have anguished this frantic decision of the president. Even though Nigerians are finally beginning to regain confidence in the President’s Anti graft War with this fresh attempt to touch one of his anointed, coupled with the fact that it is coming late, they aint pleased with the composition of the probe panel which has further stated that it will conduct the trials in close doors.
In the midst of all of these, the SGF’s reaction to his suspension remains the trending topic. In an ‘on the move’ interview with newsmen in Abuja, the SGF led us through a goof or rather an imperative. When asked to comment on his suspension by ‘the presidency’, B D lawal ‘bladdergashly’ replied the journalists with the question: ‘who is the Presidency?’
That reply got the media a little cranky. In a clear sentence, the SGF is obviously making a mockery of the whole process. Let me guess, his intuition would actually read –How can the Presidency suspend the Presidency? Being the SGF, all documents should channel through his desk. Dear Babachir, Wake up. In Nigeria, Anything is possible when Everything is involved. Continue reading

TRIBES AND CULTURE: ENWAN (AKOKO-EDO)

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Nigerian tribes and culture

Culture regards the arts, ideas, customs, language, religion, intellectual development and also the social behavior of a particular group of people. In this vein, it is a standard aphorism that every tribe, ethnic or society has its own unique and peculiar features. This, amongst others, is a criterion for establishing affinity and relationship between social groups and community.

Nigeria has been established to have over 250 tribes/ethnic groups across its 36 states. Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo being unarguably the largest by population and outreach. In this vein, this blog site has always promised to enrich you with enlightening information. Therefore, We decide to premier another educational writing series –Thus: Tribes and Culture.

Tribes and Culture will go all round the country in search of cultural and historical facts about the various ethnic groups in Nigeria. In a scintillating fashion, the findings together with recommendation will be showcased on this platform on a weekly base. Therefore, prepare to be nourished.

You should also note that you can suggest for muzzammilwrites.com places, tribes, and ethnics you will want the crew to visit next and be sure of it being look into. This can be done by dropping them in the comment boxes under each post.

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akoko edo map.

The premier edition of Tribes and Culture features the Enwan people of the Akoko-Edo region of Edo state. Read and enjoy.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE ENWAN PEOPLE. Continue reading

FRESH XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS IN SOUTH AFRICA: Nigerian students stage protest in Abuja; issues 48hrs leave ultimatum to South Africans in Nigeria.

Following the anti immigrant (xenophobic) protest in Pretoria, South Africa, earlier this week, members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) launched a counter protest against South Africans yesterday in Abuja. The protest was aimed that sending down a strong warning to both the Nigerian and South African government over the looming xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

In reaction, the protesters took to the offices of South African owned companies (MTN, Multichioce) and also the South High Commission office in the capital to express their dissatisfaction. The protesters also burnt the South African national flag at the Commission to Continue reading