Nostalgic remark on Nigeria by Hamza A. Danliman

By: Hamza A. Danliman 
The biggest country in Africa that the United Kingdom colonized is Nigeria. 
The biggest country that the United Kingdom colonized in Asia is India (which then comprised the present Pakistan and Bangladesh).
 When the UK came into Nigeria and India, like all other countries they colonized, they brought along their technology, religion (Christianity), and culture: names, dressing, food, language, etc.
Try as hard as the British did, India rejected the British religion, names, dressing, food, and even language, but they did not reject the British technology. 
Today, 80.5% of Indians are Hindus; 13.4% Muslims; 2.3% Christians; 1.9% Sikhs; 0.8% Buddhists, etc. 
Hindi is the official language of the government of India, but English is used extensively in business and administration and has the status of a “subsidiary official language.” 
It is rare to find an Indian with an English name or dressed On the other hand, Nigeria embraced, to a large extent, the British religion, British culture – names, dressing, foods, and language – but rejected the British technology. 
The difference between the Nigerian and the Indian experiences is that while India is proud of its heritage, Nigeria takes little pride in its heritage, a situation that has affected the nationalism of Nigerians and our development as a nation. 
Before the advent of Christianity, the Arabs had brought Islam into Nigeria through the North.
 Islam also wiped away much of the culture of Northern Nigeria. 
Today, the North

has only Sharia Courts but no Customary Courts. 
So from the North to the South of Nigeria, the Western World and the Eastern

World have shaped our lives to be like theirs and we have lost much or all of our identity.
Long after the British and Arabs left Nigeria, Nigeria has waxed strong in religion to the extent that Nigerians now set up religious branches of their home-grown churches in Europe, the Americas, Asia and other African countries. 
Just like the Whites brought the gospel to us, Nigerians now take the gospel back to the Whites. 
In Islam, we are also very vibrant to the extent that if there is a blasphemous comment against Islam in Denmark or the US, even if there is no violent reaction in Saudi Arabia, the Islamic headquarters of the world, there will be loss of lives and destruction of property in Nigeria.
If the United Arab Emirates, a country with 75% Muslims, is erecting the tallest building in the world and encouraging the world to come and invest in its country by providing a friendly environment, Boko Haram ensures that the economy of the North (and by extension that of Nigeria) is crippled with bombs and bullets unless every Nigerian converts to Boko Haram’s brand of Islam. 
In the East we have IPOB.
While in the South – South region, Mend, Avengers and so on destroying the Heart of our Nations Economy.
We are indeed a very religious people. 
Meanwhile, while we are building the biggest churches and mosques, the Indians, South Africans, Chinese, Europeans and Americans have taken over our key markets: telecoms, satellite TV, multinationals, banking, oil and gas, automobile, aviation, shopping malls, hospitality, etc.
Ironically, despite our exploits in religion, we are a people with little godliness, a people without scruples. 
It is rare to do business with a Nigerian pastor, deacon, knight, elder, brother, sister, imam, mullah, mallam, alhaji or alhaja without the person laying landmines of bribes and deception on your path.
 We call it PR, facilitation fee, processing fee, transport

money, financial engineering, deal, or whatever. 
But if it does not change hands, nothing gets done. 
And when it is amassed, we say it is “God’s blessings.” 
Some people assume that sleaze is a problem of public functionaries, but the private sector seems to be worse than the public sector these days.
One would have assumed that the more churches and mosques that spring up in every nook and cranny of Nigeria, the higher the

morals in our society. 
But it is not so. 
The situation is that the more religious we get, the baser we become.
 Our land never knew the type of bloodshed experienced from religious extremists, political desperadoes, ritual killers, armed robbers, kidnappers, internet scammers, university cultists, and lynch mobs.
 Life has become so cheap and brutish that everyday seems to be a bonanza.
We import the petroleum that we have in abundance, rice and beans that our land can produce in abundance, and even toothpicks that primary school children can produce with little or no effort. 
Yet we drive the best of cars and live in the best of edifices, visit the best places in the world for holidays and use the most expensive electronic and telecoms gadgets. 
It is now a sign of poverty for a Nigerian to ride a saloon car. Four-wheel drive is it!
 Even government officials, who were known to use only Peugeot cars as official cars as a sign of modesty, have upgraded to Toyota Prado, without any iota of shame, in a country

where about 70 per cent live below poverty.
 Private jets have become as common as cars. 
A nation that imports toothpicks and pins, flaunts wealth and wallows in ostentation at a time its children are trooping to Ghana, South Africa and the UK for university education

and its sick people are running to India for treatment.
India produces automobile and exports it to the world. India’s medical care is second to none, with even Americans and Europeans

travelling to the country for medical treatment.
 India has joined the nuclear powers. India has launched a successful mission to the moon. 
Yet bicycles and tricycles are common sights in India. But in Nigeria, only the wretched of the earth ride bicycles.
 I have intentionally chosen to compare Nigeria with India rather than China, South Korea, Brazil, Malaysia, or Singapore, because of the similarities between India and Nigeria. But these countries were not as promising as Nigeria at the time of our independence.
Some would say that our undoing is our size: the 2012 United Nations estimate puts Nigeria’s population at 166 million, while India has a population of about a billion. 
Some would blame it on the multiplicity of ethnic groups: we have 250 ethnic groups; India has more than 2000 ethnic groups. 
Some would hang it on the diversity in religion: we have two major religions – Christianity and Islam; but India has many. 
Some would say it is because we are young as an independent nation: we have 56 years of independence; India has 65 years, while apartheid ended in South Africa only in 1994.
I am a Muslim, and nothing can change me from practicing Islam. 
But I think that our country is daily sinking into religiosity to the detriment of godliness. Our land is sick and needs healing. “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” is still a saying that is germane to our current situation.
 We need more godliness than religion; more work and less hope; and more action and less words. 
Let everyone tidy up his or her corner first and demand fervently that our leaders tidy their areas of governance. Our nation is degenerating at a fast pace and we need to save it now.
 We as a people must positively change our attitude towards our Dear country now.

*Let’s make Nigeria Great!*
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Health & Death of the US Presidents: A comparative guide to the Nigerian issue 

US presidents have been sick while in office.Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) suffered a severe stroke that left him incapacitated throughout his presidency. Yet He remained in office till the end of his term in 1921.Diagnosed with polio in 1921 at the age of 39, Franklin D Roosevelt (1933-1945) still served for twelve good years though he could not stand or walk without support. Using a wheelchair in private, he never disclosed the full extent of his health condition.

Dwight Eisenhower (1953-1961) suffered heart attack in 1955 as a result of which he was hospitalized for several weeks. He also did a surgery some months later to treat Crohn’s disease and in late 1957 suffered another stroke that made him temporarily unable to speak. Yet he went ahead to win a second term after that.

John F Kennedy (1961 – 1963) had a chronic bone disease and was hospitalized nine times in his short two and a half year presidency but this was never revealed to the American public. George Bush (1989 – 1993) vomited and then fainted in front of cameras in 1992 while on a visit in Japan and heaven did not fall in America.

Now if about five of American presidents have been sick in office, what is wrong if Nigeria’s current president is also sick? Is he made of iron? We are also tempted to ask, if Buhari dies, will it be the first time that a president will die?

Eight American presidents have died in office. Four died of natural causes: William Henry Harrison (1841), Zachary Taylor (1850), Warren Harding (1923) and Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1945). Four others were assassinated: Abraham Lincoln (1865), James A. Garfield (1881), William McKinley (1901) and John F. Kennedy (1963).

The truth is that if Buhari dies today, his name will be written in letters of gold. It is the death of a hero primus inter pareil and the death of a reformer nulli secundus. Buhari is a dogged corruption fighter who came to rescue Nigerians from yam thieves. If he dies today he will leave an indellible record, an achievement difficult to match by his successor and a standard that is bound to create a yawning lacuna.

Nigerians also need to show sympathy and understanding as their president battles with a poor health condition. They should not allow people whose hearts are filled with hate to brainwash and indoctrinate them.

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Even if Buhari Dies… by Oni Gbolabo 

THE LEGENDARY MUHAMMADU BUHARI!!!
Even if Buhari Dies by Oni Gbolabo 

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1. How many people making news of a 74 year old man will live up to 74 and still be relevant?

2. If he dies he had achieved what a younger and vibrant man called Jonathan failed to do. Its a shame on our generation that a man of 74 is the one curbing corruption so that he can rescue our future and we have young men supporting looters   

3. How many of them have a father who lived up to 74 and still relevant. 

4. If Buhari dies today may his soul rest in peace, its we younger ones that will be left with the problem of how to tackle corruption and rescue our future in Nigeria. 

5. Buhari’ s name is in GOLD while some of the younger ones names are in the mud. 

6. Many of the people who worked with Buhari as junior officers are dead today, even few ones living such as IBB is a relic of shame and disgrace. 

*** Buhari is NOT a failure and posterity will honour him. 

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In reply to the Chief of Sokoto Emirates by Prof. Dankofa

NO, WE ARE NOT HUNGRY BECAUSE WE ARE LAZY! 
         By
Prof Yusuf Dankofa 
The Sultan’s argument that we are hungry because we are lazy represents the mindset of our right wing conservative traditional and contemporary elites in the discourse on how to drive development in a dysfunctional economy like ours. For so long the elites had wrongfully pride itself as a hardworking and creative class downplaying their legitimate role as plunderers. They have also successfully brainwashed the poor from the informal class to believe that they are what they are and where they are because they are lazy, indolent and parasitic in our social organisation. In reality the poor has always been hardworking while the rich are the parasites and the prebendal. In fact, in Nigeria, majority are programmed to be poor, because of the class structure that elevates and pamper the elites but alienate the masses
To start with, it is the rich and powerful that discouraged the poor from hard work by entrenching patronage instead of merit in our value system. The poor work so hard and get peanuts, while the privileged class work so little and get massively rewarded. A governor spend 8 years and allot unto himself through legislative surrogates millions as pension while the poor spends 35 years as a messenger and dies awaiting his pension and the same elite parasite who had cornered all the juicy contracts and landed properties as ex governor or senator will mount the podium and declare the poor as lacking in intellect and the drive to succeed. Dishonesty has always been the cardinal principle of the elites class in nigeria so much so that any budgetary allocation for the poor goes to them,excluding the poor. Bank of Agriculture was established to help poor farmers but ended up helping the elites who are consumers. Microfinance banks were established to empower the poor but end up in supporting the elites.Fertilizers that will help poor agrarians end up in the markets for round tripping and the poor becomes unable to buy. Education that should be made available to the poor as a matter of right so that he can be useful to himself and the society has been denied the poor and of what use is the life of an illiterate? Yet they become bus conductors who shout themselves hoarse from morning till evening and the permanent secretary who works from 10am to 3 pm with about 1 hour break will open his mouth and say the poor is poor because he is lazy.
How can you declare the poor mechanic who is in the garage from 8am to 7pm a lazy man, when the loan he is to access from bank of industry has been denied him, while the same loan in millions has been given to the Director of Administration in government parastatals just for the fun of it. The entire budget of government at all levels is used to satisfy the indolence of the elites while the poor gets nothing,not even a good consulting clinic. Jobs are never created for the poor and the little ones they get they hardly joke with. The scores of domestic workers,messengers in MDA, cleaners of our streets and other downtrodden workers can never by any shred of imagination be deemed lazy because they work endless hours. It is high time we put a stop to that lie being propagated every time that the poor is poor because he is lazy, no..give the poor the same privilege and he will be materially successful like you. Award him scholarships and open up the economic space for him and he will be successful, afterall,you are not better than him. The scholarship meant for mass education of the poor has been cornered by you and for your children to the exclusion of the poor. If the poor is lazy, your policies made him so. He abandoned his farm to bootlick your shoes because you need him to become your political thug and the poverty ravaging the poor is artificially induced so that the poor will be in perpetual bondage as your slave. You enslaved a man and come around to say he is so because he is lazy. 

That is sociologically, and scientifically incorrect.!!

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A New Health Perk for Coffee Drinkers?. By Steven Reinberg

The brew, in any form, might cut colon cancer risk; the more you drink, the lower the risk, study suggests
FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Drinking coffee may cut your risk of colon cancer by as much as 50 percent, a new study suggests.
The more you drink, the more you may reduce your risk — and it makes no difference whether the coffee is regular or decaf, researchers said.
“The protective effect is not caffeine, per se, but probably a lot of other antioxidant ingredients in the coffee that are released in the roasting process,” said senior researcher Dr. Gad Rennert. He is director of the Clalit National Israeli Cancer Control Center in Haifa, Israel.
These findings can’t prove that coffee reduces the risk of colon cancer, only that coffee is associated with a reduced risk, Rennert said. However, the association appears strong, he added.
“For years we were not sure if coffee was dangerous. Today we have evidence that that’s not the case, that actually coffee is good for you,” he said.
For the study, Rennert’s team — which included researchers at the University of Southern California’s Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center — collected data on more than 5,100 men and women in northern Israel who were diagnosed with colon cancer. These patients were compared with more than 4,000 men and women with no history of colon cancer.
All of the participants reported how much coffee they drank, including espresso, instant, decaffeinated and filtered coffee. They also reported risk factors for colon cancer, such as family history of cancer, diet, physical activity and smoking.
The researchers found that having one to two cups of coffee a day was linked to a 26 percent reduced risk of colon cancer. For those who drank more than 2.5 cups, the risk was reduced by as much as 50 percent, the findings suggested.
The risk for colon cancer seemed lower no matter what type of coffee people drank, Rennert added.
The findings of this study are consistent with other similar studies, said Susan Gapstur, the vice president for epidemiology at the American Cancer Society.
“However, studies that collect information on dietary factors, including coffee, from healthy people and then follow them to see who goes on to develop cancer, do not tend to show a significantly lower risk of colon cancer in coffee drinkers compared with nondrinkers,” Gapstur said. “Therefore, the findings of this study should be interpreted with caution.”
Dr. Andrew Chan, an associate professor in the department of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, said, “There is mounting evidence suggesting an association between coffee and lower colon cancer risk.”
If the protective agents in coffee could be identified, they might be used to prevent or treat colon cancer, speculated Chan, who is also an associate professor of medicine and gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
“In addition, coffee might provide us with some clues about how cancer develops and could help us understand colon cancer in general,” he said.
The report was published April 1 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.
Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. Nearly 5 percent of men and just over 4 percent of women develop the disease over their lifetime.
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 95,000 cases of colon cancer and 39,000 cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed this year.
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Arguments on devaluation of Naira: 

@Dr Nura Ali. Your analysis is quite true from other perspectives but if I may argue devaluation of Naira should be only when we’re productive to allow massive exports of our production. All that is needed to encourage local consumption lies on the ability for government to come out with taxation policies that may be difficult for the commercial bougoursies to import those unnecessary products, and at same time the need for political support to engage our industrial Bourgeois using every means incentives to revive and introduce modern industries across the Nigerian Nation. The simple arithmetic behind my assertion is if the dollar is high, it will be impossible for the industrialists both in manufacturing and agriculture to import the necessary materials and machinery for the revival of our industries. The government must ensure appreciated Naira, create a soft loans and very low tax rates to import machineries for industries. The government should also make it difficult for importations of unnecessary goods to the country like Funitures, textiles, agricultural products etc. by increasing the duty clearance to 100%, this will definitely discourage the importation of this goods and at the same time tactically encouraging patronization of local good. It is a long debate that requires so much discussion and exchange of ideas. I’ll like to conclude my little contributions with the argument that all these and many other aspects of development can never be archive without electricity. ELECTRICITY remain the backbone to every development. May GOD Help Us Amin

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