Archive for September, 2013

New SSR Resource Centre post by Blog Contributor Chris Kwaja discusses the Boko Haram insurgency and roots of conflict in Nigeria, with a particular focus on the role of the security sector in both exacerbating and addressing these factors.

“He (African) loves the display of power, but fails to realize its responsibility” Lord Lugard – The Dual Mandate, Published in 1926:70.

The spate of violence and insurgencies occasioned by discontents in Nigeria provides detailed evidence of contemporary insecurity in the country. In the last five years, armed violence and insurgency with grave humanitarian consequences have held the country siege. This has created an elaborate transnational criminal network of insurgents that became conduits for arms transfers and mercenarism in the country.

The socio-economic dimension of the bloody insurgency as a result of militancy in the Niger Delta region and the Boko Haram phenomenon in northern Nigeria reveals that when corruption remains a barrier to growth and development, discontents and resistance can become explosive. Thousands of people have been killed and displaced due to the violent confrontation between militants and insurgents on one hand, and the Nigerian security forces on another. For instance, the Boko Haram phenomenon in the north is seen to represent part of the resurgence of Islamic revivalism and militancy in its search for a new template for the emergence of a theocratic state in the north. This is also linked to the crisis of political legitimacy and governance in a polity that is witnessing an unprecedented level of militarisation. In fact, the crisis of state building that is associated with governance deficits in both the north and the Niger Delta part of the country is organically tied to the inability of leadership to undertake reforms in all spheres of governance, which are required to bolster good governance, durable peace and stability. All these have been stunted by corruption, which has become a major developmental challenge.

Conditioned by the realities above, the security sector has been worst hit, largely due to the fact that it has been caught up in the web of identity politics and corruption, which has contributed to its politicization and factionalisation along ethnic, religious, political and regional lines.

There is a sense that governments at all levels are failing in their responsibility to convert growth into jobs for the unemployed, which heightens the dynasty of poverty in the country. Hence, Nigeria has become breeding grounds for insurgents and militants. These groups are increasingly challenging state capacity and control over the instruments of force.

Experiences within the country as it relates to violence and insecurity has shown that poor attention to the security needs of the people within the context of security sector governance has been responsible for the emergence and dominance of politicized security sectors, the resort to armed conflicts by non- state actors, as well as a rising culture of impunity that is associated with flagrant disregard for the rule of law by both the state, belligerent elements and other criminal networks. This makes security a public good that is far from the reach of the people. As observed by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD, 2004):

Security matters to the poor and other vulnerable groups, especially women and children, because bad policing, weak justice and penal systems and corrupt militaries mean that they suffer disproportionately from crime, insecurity and fear. They are consequently less likely to be able to access government services, invest in improving their own futures, and escape from poverty.

The huge governance deficit in the country has been one that people do not see as part of the state building project, under leadership that is unwilling to transform society and guarantee security for the people. Rather, emphasis is often placed on appropriation of power and regime security at the expense of good governance and human security.

In the long run, undertaking security sector reform/governance is an imperative. Here, emphasis should shift from the traditional perception of security from a state centric approach, to a more holistic one that recognizes the centrality and primacy of human security.

A normative national framework for early warning and response that seeks to strengthen cooperation among governance institutions and security agencies is needed in the fight against insurgency, militancy and insecurity. This will help address the question of mercenarism and the proliferation of illicit arms that end up in the hands of unauthorized non-state entities.

As a long term strategy, addressing some of the key drivers of violence and insurgencies requires reducing some of the major discontents that under-lie violent conflicts in terms of ferocity and frequency. The key assumption here is that discontents arising from perceptions of political, economic and social exclusion, as well as inequality are critical drivers of violence and insurgency in the country.

Chris Kwaja is a Lecturer and Researcher with the Centre for Conflict Management and Peace Studies, University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria. His area of research focuses on the politics of identity in Africa, Security Sector Reform, privatization of security, governance, peace and conflict studies.

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By Prince Charles Dickson

A person’s ugliness is the god’s doing; the person’s lack of clothing is his/her own fault.

How many recall those ‘good ole’ days in secondary school, the Literary & Debating Society days. We visited schools; the debates were intense, yet fun-packed. It was a matter of pride.

They were days of the Press Clubs, and Principals’ cup and inter-house and schools sports competition. But those debates were way up there.

Whether the topic was “Mixed schools are better than single schools”, “Boarding is better than day”, even “Mom is better than Dad”…I love those final submissions, with these few words of mine I hope I have been able to convince and not confuse you that Nigeria is better left this current way than discussed.

Before the final submission, was always that introductory protocol, panel of judges, co-debators, guests and friends, I am here to tell you, Nigerians must talk….
Now to my debate – should Nigerians not talk, should they talk and why, is it worth the talk or should we just go on auto-pilot? Even these days the auto-pilot button is on malfunction mode.

“The people on the highland don’t care for the survival of the people under the water because they still have chance to breath and cling to their crumbs. The Abuja lands retainers are too afraid to let go than the landlord who gave them the lands. The fact is that nobody is losing anything that is properly appropriated, except for the fear of losing corruption-laden affairs in Abuja.

It is becoming clear by day and night that there are differences amongst different nationalities who feel they need to talk before slitting throats of each other. There is no law or power on earth that supports the arrogance of a few against majority resolve. I strongly believe if the “president who heads the executive council and the senate president who heads NASS have said they support an independent platform for Nigerians to talk”, it is a waste of time paying attention to uncommon grandstanding, self aggrandizement and arrogance of nonentities who believe they represent certainty. So talk, we certainly should.

Those were the conclusion of my friend, Wakilawal. But really what are the contentions regarding the renewed agitation/calls for a national talk. I have never seen a madman who accepted that he was mad let alone accept any low mental level. Nigerians talk about God, love God, serve God and look up to God even to the envy of the Israelites/Italians/Arabs et al. Therefore, when we are confronted with any situation we go on our knees in prayer and supplication to God even when the problem is self-inflicted.

So with the nod to the Sovereign National Conference/Constituent Assembly/National Talk/Dialogue, my admonition takes me back to 2005, it was named the National Political Reform Conference. Its approval and set guidelines was reminiscent of the late Abacha’s Five Leprous Fingers hand experiment.

A fruitless journey, one dare says. But who is afraid of Nigeria being balkanized? Is the dialogue solely about division? Why are we scared as regards the unity question? What is wrong in us really redressing the issues that affect us such as ethnicity, tribal cum indigeneship/residency matters? How about all these political power problems – our structural and systemic defects? Is our federal system not all feeding bottle fiscalism?

The unity everyone so craves and holds on to has a messy history of having been evolved in the heat of the passion moment by the bedside between Lord and Lady Lugard. Lord Lugard says, “Sweetheart, what do we call this business of South and North.” She responds, “Honey, let’s call it Nigeria”. Is this what we are afraid to discuss?

While this enterprise called Nigeria remains very viable, it really has not arrived anywhere and there was no need deceiving us. It was imperative for us to sit down together and do a soul-searching exercise of the system, the structure and the people.

Let everyone – man, woman, child (mad people inclusive) – talk! Not some select few who will be teleguided. But there are more answers than questions. Nigeria has become a nation of committees, workshops, seminars, panels, conferences, probes, and inquiries with no findings or results. The reports are left to gather dust at Aso Rock file cabinets. Of course, that is when one does not go to court to bar the report from being made public.

We had the constituent assemblies of IBB and Abacha, and their fantastic blueprint which never was or will be implemented. It has remained “choosing the wrong formulae for calculating a nation’s political woes”.

From simple humour to laughable seriousness as same persons that are the problem are quartered in some hotels, free food, phones, call cards and banters. Political jobbers that will just job, recall the last one was almost a billion naira spent on some 354 persons, almost a million per day on a person for almost three months yet no consensus.

(Certain of one’s conditions one must take responsibility for, but others one cannot take the blame for.) Killer whales are no whales but species of dolphins. Nigeria is a nation everyday evolving as a problem. We may criticise Jonathan, but what about the rogue governors, thieving councilmen at the local level?

A bandwagon of ministers, aides, a young and disillusioned populace, a corrupt laden few ‘god of men’ and masquerading elders, yet universities remain on strike for three months; who really is ASUU if not part of the problem. A professor works at NUC on secondment, he is an ASUU member.

Nigerians need to talk, but we are in quagmire regarding what to say, who to talk to, how to talk. Understanding Nigeria and its needs only gets compounded; in a breath it is corruption, in another leadership, and in a sweep it is followership, at 53 years of independence, and few months to our centenary, will we get to talk out our differences, or continue to collect counterfeit currency for our daughters’ bride price so that she remains betrothed. Only time will tell.

Ajimobi Sacks Cabinet

Posted: September 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

Ajimobi Sacks Cabinet.

 

By Prince Charles Dickson

“You do not spit it out, and yet you do not swallow it”.

Addressing the 54th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Economic Summit that held in Abuja last week, president Goodluck Jonathan blamed the level of corruption in Nigeria on the society. He said instead of punishing corrupt people, WE reward them.

‘When you talk about corruption, the private sector is involved; the public sector is involved; even the individuals, including other societies, and I wouldn’t want to mention names so that I will not be attacked. But I know that if collectively all of US don’t reward corruption, people would not be attracted to corrupt practices, but when WE all reward corruption, then of course, we will be tempted to go in that direction.

Same week, he said, in an effort to improve and encourage the use of cars manufactured in the country, the FG said it would soon ban importation of foreign cars. He made this known in an address at the opening ceremony of the 2013 Annual National Management Conference of the Nigeria Institute of Management NIM at Udo Udoma House in Uyo Akwa Ibom State.

The President lied, because this is the same nation that imports toothpick, fish, meat, table water, but again please indulge me, and patiently let US read on, this is not about Jonathan really

When last did you buy kerosene anywhere in Nigeria at regulated price, many mothers and their children, are in some filling stations in search of the product. These are mothers that have to manage from the lean resources their oga at the bottom drops.

And you still at loss, if this conversation is about Kerosene, I know a few of my readers do not use cooking fuel, we are the bourgeoisie of the cooking gas era, so we never really mind.

Within the same week, it was alleged the Minister of State for Finance, Dr Yerima Ngama said that the 2013 budget was no longer implementable due to what he called ‘over-bloated revenue estimates…”, and quickly the Senate, directed its Committee on Finance to, as a matter of urgency, summon the two ministers of finance to appear before it to defend the allegation.

Now to the story of my mom, your, Jonathan’s mom and a few mothers. My mom passed on some three years and I could only find this most appropriate to drive home what we have lost and what the problem is, and what the solution maybe after my few paragraphs above.

Can you recall what it felt like to be raised by an African mother.

When we grew up as kids, we got our buttocks whipped. That is basic! She used a piece of cloth commonly called a ‘wrapper’ to carry us about until we could walk unaided, really it wasn’t the days of pampers.

Mom ran the house and you had better learn this early. There’s a very high likelihood that our dad will back her up if you get into trouble.

We got whipped if we don’t eat our veggies or any food she puts on the table.

Older kids are expected to take care of younger kids and if mom came back to find an unpalatable situation, the whipping is communally shared by all kids.

It’s always better to take the whipping immediately; running away only increases the degree of your crime.

There were endless fountain of stories and tales. Telling moonlight tales, especially when the power goes out, though this was rare then, but it was a common occurrence in many homes then, if you had electricity.

Stealing a bite of something delicious left in the kitchen is a sure way to have a bad night.

In general, stealing is worse than any other crime you might commit. You will be ‘returned to factory settings’ with the nearest available whip.

Educated moms tend to take school homework seriously and in many cases, you do receive some level of homeschooling at the earlier stages. If someone comes to lay a complaint against you, it’s cultural for your mother to sometimes chastise you publicly and then comfort you privately.

If however, it’s something major, expect the opposite. She’ll stand her ground and protect you but whip your brains out when you get home.

Sign Language: Our mothers then communicated through sign language – This leads to the next point. When offered sweets/food during a courtesy visit, it is wise to look in the direction of your mother and receive the all-clear (friendly smile) or the try-that-and-die stare.

If she suddenly stops in the hallway and stares at you, make sure you instantly try to remember what chore or errand is left hanging.

When you’re having a ‘planned’ whooping buttocks session, you’re responsible for getting the decided item your buttocks is going to get whooped with. This is a trick. If you get something too small, they’ll get a bigger one. There’s a technique to getting the right size whooping item.

No matter where you’re going, your mother will lather you in cocoa butter until you’re shining like you sweat oil.

Being raised by an African mom like my mother, there is a pretty good chance you will never ever throw a tantrum in her presence, much less direct it at her. That just doesn’t fly.

It would very likely earn you a slap across the face – a hot one! Whatever your objections to a situation, you will very humbly state them (if at all) taking great care not to annoy her in the process.

Your mother is most commonly known by your name if you are her first-born child. Like Mama Tom or Mama Lydia, Mama Prince. You and your siblings may never know her given name until you have to fill out a form at the end of your primary school.

The love is immense. African parents like my mom are more than willing to make countless sacrifices just to make you comfortable and achieve much more than they did. Many of us aren’t/weren’t very chatty with our folks. ‘who born you’ They send us to schools, admonish us to study hard and be diligent and stuff. But I don’t come home telling my mother about some girl I have a crush on or how I don’t have many friends in school. They just offer general advice and expect you to handle your business. In some way it makes you tough.

African mothers generally don’t smother their children. When your dad beats you, she would probably save you or try to cure you after the damage. [The irony] Last but not the least – African mums are so fond of their children, they generally don’t leave home until they get married.

On ASUU, on the economy, on unemployment, on the sad state of health, on all the strikes, poor remuneration, the fraud called vehicle registration, police BMCR, on matters of good governance, whether Akpabio, Rotimi, Aliyu, Fayemi, Obi, Suswan, et al. Tukur, Ngozi, Baraje, Atiku, Obasanjo and co, do the current crop of leaders behave like they had this kind of training?

This is just another tale, simply told, but fact is we are loosing it. Where are today’s mothers, is the kind of Nigeria where citizens are slaughtered by security agents, kidnapped by their own, maligned by government, the type any mother would be proud ofonly time will tell.

By Nelson Ekujumi

Recently, our media space was awash with news about a young Nigeria Daniel Oikhena, who stowed away in the tyre compartment of an airline from Benin to Lagos, and thus, the breach of security at our airports was once again highlighted by this ugly incident.

However, one is astonished and upset that this youth, whom we all ought and should condemn for being a deviant by putting his life as well as passengers on that flight at risk is being celebrated and rewarded by the people in authority against our norms and values which recognizes and encourages reward for good and responsible conduct.

One is being forced to respond to this untoward act by the government of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole because of the long time implication on the psyche of Nigerians and most especially our youths who have unfortunately been deprived the priviledge of mentorship which they should ordinarily have, but now have to cope with our distorted ways of doings and are thus left at the mercy of their own initiative about societally approved values and norms which seems lost.

I feel sad anytime I look at the vulnerability of our youths to social vices because of a dysfunctional and disoriented society that they have found themselves in. Today, pitiably, our youths are involved in all sorts of crime because of lack of guidance. At times, I wonder if this was not the same society I was given birth to and grew up in. I remember vividly well, my primary school days in the late seventies and secondary school days in the early-mid eighties when our social values had stricter control and were a means of moulding the character of youths rather than the force of coercion by the law. This was a period when as a student, the norm was ostracization from your peers if you were even alledged of academic misconduct unlike what obtains this days when you are seen as a big boy or girl if you are involved in examination misconduct.

Those were the days when people were respected because of their honesty and integrity rather than what obtains now in which societal recognition is bestowed on someone because of the amount of cash in his wallet irrespective of the means of acquisition. Truly, this are perilous times for our youths and our country, but as our people say, “Orisha bi o le gbe mi se mi bi ose ba mi” literally meaning, “The gods, if you cannot help my cause, restore me to the status quo rather than worsening my plight”

It is in the light of the above quote that I want to admonish the Comrade Governor, that what he has done by the award of scholarship instead of a referral to a juvenile home by the appropriate state organ is a disservice to the good upbringing of our youths because whatever we do today, becomes history tomorrow. By rewarding the deviant Daniel, our political authority are sending a wrong signal to our youths that the only way to be rewarded or recognized by the state is to do something against the norms and values of civilized conduct as epitomized by young Daniel.

However, one’s anger against the Comrade Governor who has an ally in recently freed kidnap victim Mr. Mike Ozekhome (SAN) has been mitigated by the public condemnation that greeted his illogical call of amnesty for kidnappers, though we can excuse him because he must still be suffering from the trauma inflicted on him by his abductors, and the most appropriate thing would have been to seek counseling rather than making a call that runs contrary to our traditional norms and values.

Thus, we must all come on board now to speak out against this dangerous trend which is capable of destroying our society, lest posterity condemn us of being culpable by conspiratorial silence.

 

By Lawrence Nwobu
 

A nation is like an individual; driven and shaped by certain values and propelled by ambition to success or the lack of it to mediocrity and failure. A few days ago I was discussing with some friends over the Nigerian quagmire and one of them suggested that “if all Nigerians were evacuated to the Unite States of America and all Americans were evacuated to Nigeria, in

a few years the Americans would turn Nigeria into one of the most prosperous countries in the world while the Nigerians would turn America to a failed state.” His argument was premised on the logic that the people and consequently the leadership of a society determine the outcome in the success or failure of that society. It is difficult to fault his logic for try as we may, we cannot deny that there are certain predominant attributes of the Nigerian people and leadership that has helped to create and sustain the tragic society and failure Nigeria is.

America has been a democracy since 1789 and since that time, there have never been cases of organised election rigging, census rigging, electoral thuggery and other such fraudulent shenanigans by different generations of American leaders. America has since its founding been an ambitious nation that set out to be the best in everything. From exemplary public leadership, democracy and the rule of law to science, technology, arts, sports, commerce, entertainment and military prowess America continues to lead the world. Ambition and the predominant values of justice, freedom, dignity and the rule law of the American people and leadership created the success story and American dream America is for the world. America is consequently the most advanced and prosperous nation on the face of the earth. The nation where your dreams can be fulfilled and you can be all that you desire to be. The nation that unleashes the best of humanity. 

 

By contrast Nigeria became enmeshed in crisis from the very beginning. No sooner did the British colonial authorities depart in 1960, than all shades of fraud and lawlessness was unleashed. Elections and census were massively rigged, political thuggery and violence became routine and just 6 years after independence there was an explosion of violence that culminated in a bloody conflict. Since then different generations of leaders have continued in the same pattern of dictatorship, brutality, election rigging, census rigging, thuggery and massive looting. Unlike America, a lack of national ambition and the predominant values of self hate and an entrenched culture of injustice, wickedness, fraud and lawlessness of the Nigerian people and leadership have created the failure and nightmare Nigeria is. Little wonder Nigeria is the most corrupt and one of the poorest failed states in the world. 

Given the abundance of human and material resources, there is no limit to what Nigeria could have been. But Nigeria has failed in spite of the abundance because the lack of ambition and predominant values of injustice, corruption and self hate amongst others embedded in the Nigerian people and leadership cannot create a successful society. Like my friend suggested; if you moved all Nigerians to America and handed America over to them with the entire infrastructure already built, the same factors would ensure that America would collapse in a few years and become a failed state. Likewise Nigeria would become functional and prosperous in a few years if all Americans moved to Nigeria because the ambition and values of the American people and leadership would create a successful society anywhere. Nigeria has thus become a failed state crippled by corruption, injustice and trapped in unprecedented social unrest because of the values of those who inhabit it. With a different set of values and fundamentals Nigeria could have the best roads, state of the art rail system, some of the best schools, hospitals and social welfare for the unemployed and underprivileged. 

Nigeria could have been an example in democracy, with free and fair elections at every level elevating the dignity of the human person and showing the world an example of best practice in an African democracy. Nigeria could have been a technologically advanced nation, producing goods and being part of technological innovations. Nigeria could have been a major tourist destination with millions of visitors each year coming to visit an African success story, a black Mecca of sorts, a proud and successful black nation taking her place among the comity of nations, holding her head high and giving pride and dignity to black people across the world. Nigeria could have been a secure, harmonious and prosperous nation enjoying modernity and life in an advanced, civilised and thriving society invested in the rule of law. Nigeria could have been a dream, just like the American dream, a nation where people are given every opportunity to succeed. A nation that invests in her people and brings out the best in them. A nation that dignifies and humanises her citizens, a nation where people from all over the world will choose to come and live. A great nation and an African miracle. 

But alas we are in Nigeria and Nigeria is a failed state because our values have made us only capable of creating a nation that dehumanises her own citizens, a nation that brings out the worst rather than the best in her citizens, a nation that is entrenched in injustice, a nation that impoverishes and destroys her own citizens, a nation that self destructs. This is the story of Nigeria, a nation that could have been one of the richest, harmonious and technologically advanced in the world, yet today lays prostrate and crippled as the laughing stock of the world, as the shame of the black race, as the greatest human phenomenon of failure, because we have no ambition and we allowed injustice to become the defining aspect of our values and therein lies the difference that gave Americans a dream and Nigerians a nightmare! 

Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu

Email: lawrencenwobu@gmail.com

By Prince Charles Dickson

“We must be ready to measure numbers that matter…or else we won’t understand a husband of a mother is a father”. amebo

Just on Saturday, I sat down in front of the television, well not watching it, because there was no electricity, and as I went through a couple of news on the very many forum one belongs to, this hit me, it was pushed by a friend.

Jonathan Turns Nigeria into a Christian Country: 95% of Federal Appointments as heads of Parastatals / Agencies were given to Christians as shown below. The SGF, Service Chiefs (Army, Navy, Air force), 100% Ministers from Southern Nigeria are all Christians.100% of Ministers from Yoruba Land are all Christians. 70% of his Ministers are Christians in a country that has Muslim Majority. Surely Jonathan hates Muslims as he told Tinubu when he came to Power. May God curse any Muslim that identifies with Jonathan in 2015 elections, Amen?

S/N PARASTATAL NAME OF HEAD

1 NIMET Dr. Anthony Anuforom
2 NNPC Eng. Andrew Yakubu
3 NIMASA Patrick Apobolokemi
4 PENCOM Mrs. Chinelo Anohu Amazu
5 FERMA Engr. Chukwu Amuchi
6 DPR Mr. George Osahon
7 Bank Of Industry Ms. Evelyn Oputu
8 Nigerian Content Dev. Agency Ernest Nwanpa
9 Consumer Protection Agency Mrs Dupe Atoki
10 NCC Engr. Eugene Juwa
11 NAMA Engr. Nnamdi Udoh
12 NCAA Engr. Akikuotu
13 FAAN George Uriesi
14 NCAT Capt. Chinere Kalu
15 SEC Aruma Otteh
16 Sovereign Wealth Fund Uche Orji
17 NAFDAC Dr Paul Orhil
18 FIIRO Dr. Mrs. G. N Elemo
19 Maritime Academy Of Nigeria, Oron Joshua Okpo
20 Railway Corporation Eng. Seyi Sijuwade
21 Nigerian Tourism Dev. Corporation Mrs. Sally Mbanefoh
22 Budget Office Of The Federation Dr Bright Okogwu
23 NERDC Prof. Godswill Obioma
24 NEXIM Mr R. R Orya
25 Standard Organization Of Nigeria Dr Joseph Odumodu
26 Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation Emeka Nkem Mba
27 Industrial Training Fund Prof. Longmas Wapmuk
28 National University Commission Prof. Okojie
29 NESREA Mrs. N.S Benebo
30 MDG Office Dr. Precious Gbenio
31 Surveyor General Of The Federation Peter Chigozie
32 Statistician General Of The Federation Dr. Yemi Kale
33 Accountant General Of The Federation Mr. Jonah Otunla
34 Auditor General Of The Federation Samuel Yonongo Ukura
35. National Orientation Agency Mike Omieri
36. News Agency Of Nigeria Oluremi Oyo
37. NEPC E/S David I Adulugba
38. NEPZA Mr. Olugbenga Kuye
39. BPP Engr Emeka Eze
40. BPE Benjamin Ezra Dikki
41. FHA Arc. Sever Gemade
42. NOSREA Sir Peter Idabor
43. FRSC Osita Chidoka
44. National Population Commission Festus Odumegbum
45. NYSC Brig. Gen N. T Okorie Attiah
46. PPRA Stanley Reginal
47. Petroleum Equalization Fund Mrs. Adefunke Sharon Kasati
48. PTDF Dr. Wole Oluleye
49. Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Agency Dr. Sam Amadi
50. Nigeria Security Civil Defense Corpse Dr. Ade Abolurin
51. Immigration Services Mr. David Paradang
52. State Security Services Ita Ekpeyong
53. Chairman Federal Civil Service Commission Deaconess Joan O. Ayo
54. Debt Management Office Dr. Abraham Nwankwo
55. NAIC Fola Daniel
56. National Identity Card Management Agency Chris Onyemenam
57. National Intelligence Agency Ezekiel Olaniyi Oladeji
58. Nigerian Sugar Development Council
59. National Board For Technical Education Dr. Olatunde Awotokun Aworanti
60. Nigeria Defense Academy Commandant Major General C.O Onwamaegbu
61. Joint Admission And Matriculation Board Prof. Dibu Ojerinde
62. Revenue Mobilization Fiscal Allocation Engr Elias N. Mbam
63. NAPTIP Mrs Beatrice E. Jedyagba
64. National Salaries, Income Wages R.O Ebule
65. National Eye Centre, Kaduna Dr. D.O. Adejor
66. National Human Right Commission Prof. Ben Angue
67. National Agency For Control Of Hiv/Aids Prof. John Idoko
68. Boarder Community Dev. Agency  Engr. Numoipre Wills
69. National Council For Arts Culture Mr. Mwaajin Malgwi
70. National Cereal Research Institute Baddegi Dr. Anthony Ochigbo
71. National Productivity Centre Dr. Paul Bidlhjoh
72. National Institute For Cultural Orientation Dr. Barclays Fubiri
73. National Institute For Advance Legal Studies Prof. Epiphany Azinge
74. Teachers Registration Council Prof. A.M. Nwokocha
75. National Centre For Agric Mechanization Engr. I.I. Azogu
76. Legal Aid Council Mr. J.S.Bob Manuel
77. Niger Delta Dev. Commission Christian Oboh
78. National Power Training Institute Engr. Ruben Okeke
79. Raw Materials Research Dev. Council Prof. A.P. Onwualu
80. National Examination Council Prof. Promise N. Okpala… etc

I want to add the list of those Muslims like Namadi Sambo Vice President, but many say he is not from Kaduna and so not even a Muslim,  the Inspector General Police–Abubakar was busy getting married, the Comptroller Customs, Dikko,  Central Bank’ s Sanusi, EFCC’s Larmodi, and okay I give up!

The above is not news; let’s go a little further, Tukur/Nyako/Atiku are from the North, infact one state, and Muslims. Amaechi/Goodluck are Christians from the South-South. I so dearly wanted to ask my friends, where did Jonathan tell Tinubu former Lagos state Governor whose wife is Christian that he hated Muslims, and really does the God we serve answer these kind of prayers– May God curse any Muslim that identifies with Jonathan in 2015 elections? Not that I personally intend vote him either.

I followed the thread, and I only smiled with sadness, as I see a nation that has been torn equally by hatred, a Jonathan who many voted because he is Christian and many believe it was a case of our turn, a Buhari many would never vote because he is Muslim, whether his driver or cook is Christian or not.

The two dramatis in the NGF crisis, are both Christians, Amaechi, and Jang, only last year, both officials of the Muslim Pilgrim board and Christian Association  in Taraba were convicted for fraud, they both connived to swindle their members of monies meant for them.

In same Taraba, take it or argue, many say, rather a dead man walking Suntai, as no Muslim would ever rule Taraba, the reverse is in Nasarawa, where the roots of the Omabatse clash lie not in fetish voodooism but marginalization centered on religion both real and imagined.

What is balance in a nation that is sorely divided across religious lines, yet richly blessed but abused by her leaders such that followership is blinded by the divide and rule tactics bequeathed us by our colonial masters.

I ask 80 percent of my readers today, how has a Muslim presidency or a Christian presidency, benefited us, Nigeria is worse off, Boko Haram is wrecking havoc, kidnappers, who are graduates, are doing theirs in the south, to a point after parting with millions, Mike Ozekhome SAN just released asked that they be forgiven.

We have become so blinded by the fact that when we fill forms one must either be Christian/Muslim, and some nasty variables, it has become ingrained, so even an armed robber that is filling a form must necessarily identify with one faith.

With all those Christians in the parastals are they any better as agencies, or should I throw up more controversies, like is a Christian leader better than a Muslim leaders, who steals more, are we not same Nigerians that voted Abiola enmass despite his faith.

The mutual distrust is a stench, we are all living a pretense, census figures is a faith/ethnic issue, once a list is out we are looking at who is Muslim/Christian, and from Kano or Imo. We are in trouble, BIG trouble, as there’s no way out if these Christanization/Islamization phobia. Speed trains all over the world, locomotive is it in Nigeria, until we realize, what really our problems are, the churches and mosques would increase and so will our woes, are we really ready to move beyond our mediocrity of fasting/praying on issues mentality, and know that, the husband of a mother is a father, well,  time will tell.