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Bukola Saraki - Nigeria Politics News Headline

The Kwara State House of Assembly has said it directed the seizure of the Alimi Chalet and an expanse of land, popularly called ‘Ile Arugbo,’ allegedly acquired by a former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. The assembly said the property belonged to the state government, adding that there was no evidence the politician paid for them. In a statement by the Special Assistant to the Speaker, Ibrahim Sheriff, the state assembly said the allocation of the posh property to Saraki by the last administration was a “violent violation” of the Kwara State former Governor’s Pension Law 2010, as amended, which had already taken care of him (Saraki). The state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Kola Shittu, described the legislature’s action as “ill-conceived, malicious and another indication that Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq is out on a vendetta mission.” But, the assembly in a statement titled, ‘Our position on the seizure of Alimi Chalet, Saraki’s House,’ said there was an evidence the property was illegally acquired. The statement indicated, “the Ile Arugbo had been erected on land originally meant for the expansion of the Civil Service Clinic and Phase II of the State Government Secretariat without any evidence that anyone paid a dime to the government for the land. “The noise surrounding the affected property is politically motivated, as other public property unlawfully acquired are also being looked into. “We dare say that allowing impunity to stand, no matter who is affected and how long it has taken place, isContinue reading

Buba Galadima and Muhammadu Buhari Nigeria News

Buba Galadima: “He (Buhari) knew why he came to politics and why some of us sacrificed everything to ensure that he becomes President but when he became President, he sort of kicked out all those ideals for which we fought for, for which we had been intimidated and for which he suffered trial for treason.”Continue reading

Omoyele Sowore Supporters - Nigeria Politics News Today

Nigeria came into being as a result of the British amalgamation of Northern and Southern colonial territories in 1914. The amalgamation was an act of colonial convenience for obvious reasons. The Brits wanted one country stretching from the desert to the Atlantic Coast. Northern Nigeria couldn’t pay its way while southern Nigeria generated more than enough revenue for its administrative expenses. The amalgamation laid the historical bitterness, rivalry, and enmity between the two colonial territories. The two colonies are quite the opposite of one another. The North is largely Muslim. It was the center of the erstwhile Islamic Empire called the Sokoto Caliphate. The Muslim North looks up to the Middle East and other parts of the Muslim world for affinity, solidarity, and sociopolitical model. The South is largely Christian and highly influenced by the sociopolitical pattern of the West and traditional African societies. This was the beginning of a precarious foundation of our federalism. The foundations of true federalism are based on the concerns for the unity and integrity of a culturally diverse nation like ours. Our historical experience is a sharp contrast to the important foundations of federalism. Ours is a disruptive and disintegrative sectarian forces coupled with political rancor and instability prevailing since independence. The lopsided power-sharing arrangement between the federal government and the states fuels precipitation and intensification of ethnic conflicts. The politics of ethnicity has remarkably retarded our national development and has remained the sole engine that drives our modern history. The unjust monopoly ofContinue reading

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We have witnessed the independence of Slovenia from the former Yugoslavia, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the division of the former Czechoslovakia, and the separation of both Eritrea from Ethiopia and South Sudan from Sudan. Numerous successful secessions have allowed people greater freedom and self-determination: Greek independence from the Ottoman Empire, the Hungarian split with the Soviet Union in 1989, Singapore’s secession from Malaysia in 1965, Ireland’s independence from the United Kingdom, and countless others. Nigeria’s impotence as ungovernable, divided, separate, hostile, and unequal nation is apparent for all to see. Nigeria, as we know it, is dead! The country is irrevocably broken along ethnic, linguistic, geographical, religious, and cultural lines. The sooner the Nigerian people accept this, the sooner the break-up and the sooner we can move on. From time to time, the break-up of Nigeria becomes inevitable to many of us who believe that “In the course of human events, it is necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them.” We’re in one of those periods now, and while the reasons are unique, the historical moment is not new. In 1953, the Northerners considered secession from the Nigerian colony that would soon be an independent nation. The words of our founding fathers that Nigeria is not one country remain prophetically instructive. Listen to them: “Nigeria is not a nation. It is mere geographical expression. There are no ‘Nigerians’ in the same sense as there are ‘English,’ ‘Welsh,’ or ‘French.’ The word ‘Nigerian’Continue reading

The green and white flag designed by Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi - Nigeria News Headline

You may not really know how it feels to be stigmatised as a Nigerian until you travel out of the country or have dealings with foreigners. Years ago, when I arrived at the University of Sussex, UK, for my master’s programme, I set out to fraternise with other African students. One evening, I went on a stroll with John Ikubaje, my fellow Nigerian and course mate (who now works with the African Union in Addis Ababa). We came across some African students — two from Kenya and one from Malawi. They were already fraternising. We joined them and spent roughly 30 minutes chatting on how we were settling in. I had no way of knowing that they were not at ease with us. Days later, one of the Kenyans, a lady, confessed that they had been warned to be careful with us Nigerians. They had been advised that whenever they were with Nigerians, they needed to be at full alert because we could remove their wallets without their knowing. In other words, we Nigerians are smooth criminals. The lady recalled an experience. She used to go to China for business. She said Nigerian traders would go from factory to factory asking for free product samples which they would then ship to Nigeria and sell without making any orders as expected. Because of this dishonest behaviour, she said, the Chinese manufacturers stopped giving out free samples. I felt sad. I felt stereotyped. How can anybody use the conduct of a fewContinue reading