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Final Solution to the Southern Kaduna Question?

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Final Solution to the Southern Kaduna Question?

By Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu

Don’t mind the title of this article. I know it will re-echo a certain historical reality and its misgivings. However, it helps me to draw my conclusions as to what I, and perhaps, may others; believe will end the perennial slaughter of humans in Southern Kaduna. I believe that the slaughter, and arson, is perennial because I have relations who suffered it back in the days and as a result, abandoned their enterprise and left Zonkwa and Kafanchan for good. Some relocated to safer places in the north. Some made their way back to the southeast and never returned to Kaduna state. It was Kaduna’s loss.

Many people have suggested solutions to the Southern Kaduna crisis. But irrespective of how uncomfortable we are with the truth of the problem, or how we may want to rationalize it, the fact that we often want to bury is that the problem has its roots in ethnic domination. I may be wrong and would like my ignorance on this to be educated. However, if we will like to recall, Nigeria had a National Conference in 2014. It held at the National Judicial Institute in Abuja. Part of the decisions of the conference was the creation of 18 new states. One of the states created by the conference was Gurara state. It was to have its capital in Kachia with the following – Chikun, Jaba, Jema’a, Kachia, Kaduna South, Kagarko, Kajuru, Kauru, Lere, Sanga, and Zango-Kataf- constituting it. These are predominantly local government areas and towns in present Southern Kaduna
I still recall the opposition, from many Nigerians, that greeted the announcement of the creation of those 18 states. And from hindsight, it is obvious that the opposition was not deeply rooted in fact and understanding but in antagonism against Goodluck Jonathan, the president at the time. Since Jonathan had lost favour, it became imperative that whatever that was associated with him was also disliked irrespective of the sense it made. Looking back, we now know better. May be!
In opposing the creation of those states, many Nigerians refused to see reason with the people of Southern Kaduna on why Gurara state was a necessity. Fact was, and is, there was need for a drastic measure, like state creation, to realign the religion and ethnic mix in order to solve the problem which has claimed lives and destroyed wealth. It was a question of a people seeking liberation from a suffocating dominance. And it is historical.
As a reporter covering the conference, I interviewed Prof. Yusuf Turaki, a Southern Kaduna leader who was at the conference as a representative of Kaduna state alongside Senator Ahmed Aruwa and Hajia Nafisatu Babajo. He told me in the interview published in The Union (now rested) that: “There are some places in the north where minority ethnic nationalities were mismatched with major ethnic groups. For instance, in Kaduna state, which is part of northwest, there is a great mismatch of the people of Southern Kaduna and the people of Northern Kaduna. For of this mismatch, there has been marginalization and discrimination against the people of Southern Kaduna. For this, the people of Southern Kaduna want to have a new state created and in fact, they qualify for the creation of a new state –they are asking for Gurara state.”
He also said: “The other place where there is a mismatch is Southern Borno, Southern Yobe and Northern Adamawa where the majority of ethnic nationalities have been under the control and domination of the Kanuri. So, the ethnic nationalities in those areas are demanding for the creation of a state where all of them can have their freedom to live as a people. This again is because they have been mismatched, marginalized and discriminated against. There are two suggestions for either Amana state or Savannah State in that area. Some are suggesting that you can merge Amana and Savannah and call it the New Sardauna state. If that is done, there will be a margin of justice in the north. The other area is Southern Kebbi –the Zuru people. There is a mismatch between the Zuru people and the Hausa/Fulani of Kebbi state. These are the cries of the ethnic minorities in the north. Also, we are asking for the restructuring of the north east zone so that a few states can be created to free the ethnic minorities and let them have their freedom. We also want the same done in the northwest so as to redress the mismatch of minority ethnic groups with majority ethnic groups in the north. If this is done, the northeast and northwest will be a better place for the majority ethnic groups and the minority ethnic groups that had been wrongly attached to them will also be free to live and run their own affairs. These are part of the things we want to see happen at this conference. So, when we talk of resource control, as northern ethnic minorities, these are the major issues. The mismatch of minority ethnic groups in the north with the major ethnic groups, militate against the freedom and development of the minority groups”. Prof. Turaki’s argument is rooted in history and like George Santayana said, those who blind themselves to the mistakes of history are bound to repeat them.
At his valedictory, Jonathan said “the only thing that can bring lasting change in this country is the implementation of the National conference report”. You may ask why he did not implement it himself before leaving office. While you ask, remember also the words of St. Paul “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it…”
So, was Prof. Turaki right? Was the National Conference wrong to have created those states? Well, the majority may be wrong, but in this case, repeated historical events have shown that both Prof. Turaki and the majority of the delegates to the conference that voted in favour of Gurara state were not wrong. And as it is, it seems the problem will remain an annual ritual until Nigeria finds the courage to take those very hard decisions that will help liberate it from the stranglehold of myopia.
Like I said earlier, the opposition to the decision of the National Conference on states creation in 2014 was misinformed just like the opposition to the removal of the subsidy on petrol as proposed by the administration then. Put to a referendum today, I have no doubt that majority of Nigerians will vote for the adoption and implementation of the decision to create 18 additional states so as to unbundle the federation, because the need for restructuring of the country has become much more expedient so as to free its minority ethnic nationalities from subjugation and dominance by the major ethnic nationalities. It is such domination that keeps a knee on the neck of the minority ethnic nationalities and refuses them to breathe.
We keep playing the ostrich and pretending that all is well each time minority ethnic nationalities ask that the majority ethnic nationalities lift their knees from their necks and let them breathe. No, all is not well. Like my late dad would say, you can’t hold a man down and expect to rise. Both of you will remain down. Therefore, the solution to the annual ritual that is Southern Kaduna killings is already known to all the active players in Nigeria’s polity. What is lacking is the political will to call a spade by its only name, and then, use it for the purpose it was designed. The refusal to do so, will keep Nigeria wobbling and fumbling with its true destiny. I believe that Southern Kaduna can be resolved if the dramatis personae agree to correct historical mistakes which are ethno based. The ethno base of the crisis created a sense of subjugation which is backed by cultural ostracism. The alienation of the culture of the subjugated leaves a feeling, also, of religious superiority and domination. Untying the knot is where the solution may be found. I may be wrong.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN TODAY’S MARRIAGE; WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’M IN SUCH CONDITION AS A BELIEVER?

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN TODAY’S MARRIAGE; WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’M IN SUCH CONDITION AS A BELIEVER?

Domestic violence is a violence or other abuse in a marriage.
Domestic violence could involve any body but I’m looking at it in a family setting between a man and his wife.

Domestic violence includes

  • Physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religion reproductive and sexual abuse.

Many people are going through a lot in marriages today, some Christan homes inclusive. This has caused a lot of harms in homes, churches and the society at large. So many women have lost their lives in the process,men inclusive but women are mostly at the receiving end. And they endure mostly even to the point of loosing their lives. This they do because of:

  1. The love they have for their spouse
  2. Because of their children
  3. What the society will say about them
  4. Because of their faith and religion.

Please when beating and sexual molestation becomes the case in your home, there’s need for separation.

Now in as much as the Bible frowns at divorce, I don’t think it’ll be reasonable for one to remain in an abusive marriage where his/her life is a stake. The same children you think about will still be maltreated, neglected and will be forced to face horrible situations the moment you are gone. The same society you are thinking of what they will say will still blame you for not speaking out on time. Your making heaven is even very slim because I don’t think your heart is clean in that condition. Your bad thoughts, unforgiveness and bitterness is enough to send you to hell. And instead of you to commit murder, I think you should separate if that’s the only option left.

Many women are going through alot. When a domestic violence involves life threatening abuses, there’s need for you to seek for help.

Many women have died in this process. Pls being born again doesn’t mean your brain should be suspended. Yes divorce is a sin but you shouldn’t die either because you are married. You are being asked to keep praying often times, yes but you could do that also while away. Many women are dying silently. Women please speak out in such conditions, don’t keep quiet. Make sure the problem is not from you. Make sure you are not the cause of it.

I have seen a woman beating blue black by her husband. Not once not twice. Infact the man always use cane,belt etc on her. And she’s asked to keep praying. What if she die one day? What if she couldn’t take it any longer and tries to defend herself and kill her partner in the process, what will be her lot?

Women should take the necessary steps the moment they see that things are getting out of hand.

Try to see how you could save the situation by involving your spiritual leaders, your both families,the people your partner respects so much and if there’s no changes please take a break while you pray and take the necessary steps to save your marriage.

Pls note that your being away is for the mean time. Even while away you are to remain and keep your body. It’s not a time to go about messing up. If you do that you are commenting sin. You are to maintain sexual purity. Even when your partner is doing otherwise. The only time remarriage is possible is when one partner is dead. See Romans 7:2,1cor.7:39.

Neighbors should as well look out for their fellow women/men. Please speak out for them. Some of them are in a tight corner and can’t help themselves.

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LEKKI SHOOTINGS: SANWO-OLU HAS LOST CREDIBILITY, SAYS FSD

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LEKKI SHOOTINGS: SANWO-OLU HAS LOST CREDIBILITY, SAYS FSD

By Oladimeji Ramon

A group, the Federal Social Democrats, says the credibility and integrity of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, have been diminished by the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20.

According to the group, the Lekki incident has eroded the admiration that Sanwo-Olu won with his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group, in statement on Sunday signed on its behalf by Olutola Mobolurin, also condemned the harassment of #EndSARS protest leaders through the freezing of their bank accounts and stopping them from travelling outside the country.

The FSD’s statement was titled, ‘Statement by the Federal Social Democrats On the #EndSARS Movement and Violence in the Wake of Lekki Shootings.’

The group said, “Governor Sanwo-Olu, who before now has been credited with responsible and energetic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has by this one act lost his credibility and integrity for many. He has a big task in regaining the confidence of the public and youths; his credibility gap surrounding what happened at the Lekki Toll Plaza is not helped by the insensitive bluster of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the governor’s residence stating that those who were injured and presumably those who died had questions to answer.”

Though the group condemned the destruction of public assets and looting that trailed the shootings at the Lekki tollgate, it said the mayhem pointed to the alienation of a large number of youths from society by government.

It said, “The so-called hoodlums are the youths that have been denied any stake in society by the self-dealing and state capture that have characterised governance over the last 30 years. Millions of our youths have been uneducated, unemployable and with no meaningful social safety net. Even for the millions who are educated and skilled, long-term unemployment has been their experience in the Nigerian prebendal political economy that serves primarily the interests of public office holders and their cronies.

“Some of the ‘hoodlums’ responsible for the trashing of Lagos are the youths and ‘the toughies’ that many politicians have over the years employed to subvert the democratic process through intimidation of voters and perpetration of violence during elections.”

The group said the organisers of the #EndSARS protests deserved commendation for the resourcefulness, transparency and accountability which they demonstrated.

The group condemned “the growing reports of compilation of names of the assumed leaders and facilitators of the protests for government reprisals.”

It said, “Those that are being targeted are reportedly being prevented from travelling outside Nigeria while accounts of some have been frozen. This is hardly the hallmark of a democratic government that is interested in dialoguing with the youths or learning positive lessons from the #EndSARS protests. It is also a violation of the spirit of government’s acceptance of the 5 for 5 agenda. The President should stop all these acts of witch-hunt.”

The FSD solicited support for the Lagos State Government to rebuild and replace the vandalised public assets.

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APPOINTMENT OF WTO CHIEF IN DOUBT AFTER KEY MEETING CANCELLED

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APPOINTMENT OF WTO CHIEF IN DOUBT AFTER KEY MEETING CANCELLED

• Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had been expected to be confirmed as leader on Monday

By Richard Partington

The race to find a new leader of the World Trade Organization has been thrown into renewed uncertainty after the cancellation of a key appointment meeting following the US presidential election.

The Geneva-based WTO, which acts as an international arbiter for trading disputes, said it had put off a meeting scheduled for Monday that had been called to appoint Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its next director general.

Donald Trump’s administration opposed her selection in one of its final acts before the US election, despite the former Nigerian finance minister securing the overwhelming backing of the WTO’s 164 members.

The special meeting of the trade body’s general council had been convened to take a formal decision on the appointment. Officials had been set to put forward Dr Okonjo-Iweala as the candidate most likely to attract a majority, after most countries expressed a preference for her over South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee.

Okonjo-Iweala had moved a step closer to becoming the first woman and the first African to be director of the global trade watchdog after securing backing from the EU, China, Japan and Australia. Liam Fox, the leading Brexiter and former international trade secretary, had run as the UK government’s preferred candidate but failed to win enough support from other countries to reach the last two in the process.

Trade experts said Joe Biden defeating Trump in last week’s election may have led to countries calling for a delay in the WTO leadership race, with the aim of securing the Biden White House’s backing for Okonjo-Iweala after he takes charge in January.

The delay in selecting a new WTO director general comes at a fragile moment for the world economy amid the second wave of Covid-19, and after years of criticism of the WTO and calls for reform from Trump.

The WTO said the meeting would be postponed until further notice, during which time the organisation would continue undertaking consultations with delegations from countries around the world to pick a new leader.

It said in a statement: “For reasons including the health situation and current events, delegations will not be in a position to take a formal decision on 9 November.”

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